Grass Roots

A couple of weeks ago I was visiting friends and the conversation turned to the ever more visible dilemmas in the neighborhood. We focused on two specific problems: the continuing expansion of the homeless population, and the record number of vacant storefronts. We decided to contact our local city supervisor Rafael Mandelman and organize a … Continue reading Grass Roots

The Apple Street Market

Back in 2014 a crowdfunding campaign was started to create a grocery store in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. House after house displayed signs proclaiming the inhabitants had made a financial contribution to the effort. I was one of them since I owned a nearby property at the time. The plan was to refurbish … Continue reading The Apple Street Market

Belle Reve

This is an old neighborhood in Denver. (“Old” by American standards goes back to about the 1890s in Colorado. It ain’t Rome.) But when I daydream about places I love these are the kinds of neighborhoods and buildings that come to mind. These are modest yet sturdy buildings that were constructed incrementally over time by … Continue reading Belle Reve

Afterburn

Here in California we’ve just received our first rain since last winter after another brutal round of massive forest fires. Our Mediterranean style climate cycles from a long dry hot period to a few short cool wet winter months. October is our most fire prone time of year. It’s hot, the earth is bone dry, … Continue reading Afterburn