I just finished reading Grady Gammage’s book, “The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons From Sustainable Phoenix.” I recommend it to anyone who lives in an auto-oriented desert city and wonders about its long term prospects. The myth of the lone cowboy going out to the open desert amidst the saguaro cactus with a pick … Continue reading Sustainable? Phoenix?
I often think about all the land that’s used up by cars in a city. I’m not just talking about the public roads and highways. I mean the private property that is exclusively devoted to cars in one way or another. Even a fairly old pedestrian oriented city like San Francisco has a huge amount of … Continue reading The Jiffy Lube Metropolis
Jane Jacobs is remembered almost exclusively as the patron saint of vibrant walkable human scaled neighborhoods. Her classic 1961 “Death and Life of Great American Cities” is the Bible for many urban theorists. But we hear very little of her last few books. It’s worth reflecting on those as well since she explores the underlying dynamics … Continue reading The Other Jane Jacobs
I was on my bicycle waiting for a red light to change and found myself reading this billboard. I thought the text was a bit lengthy for a roadside advertisement and then realized that was the entire point. Reading it was only possible if you were stuck in gridlock. It read: These Things Used To … Continue reading These Things Used To Work Pretty Good
Hovering somewhere just beyond all the land use zoning regulations, building codes, finance mechanisms, aspirational comprehensive municipal plans, state mandates, and endless NIMBYism lies… reality. If you happen to want to live in certain parts of coastal California you need to come to grips with a serious supply and demand imbalance. Demand is endless. Supply … Continue reading The Stealth Guide To Nimbyville