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  1. Hi John,

    I came across your article “AFFORDABLE CITIES ARE THE NEW SWEET SPOTS” via Planetizen, and was caught by two things: one is the question “Who needs New Urbanism or Smart Growth when so many amazing old neighborhoods are just sitting out there”, the other is your bio saying that “He earns his living by buying, renovating, and renting undervalued properties in places that have good long term prospects”. I’ll say that the second quotation describes my dream job, or, I should say my dream life. Hopefully one day I’ll get there. Then go back to the first question – I guess New Urbanism and Smart Growth could place more focus on the “context”/”system”/”fabric” level, to figure out what is the underlying context of those nice old neighborhoods, including infrastructure context, social and economic context, regulatory context (e.g. zoning, housing subsidy, etc.), in other words, more on the planning side. If NU and SG works at this planning level, and come up with a proposal to layout a better contextual framework, more architects, real estate developers, constructors may be motivated to do more work work as that you’re doing.

    BTW, your blog is really fantastic! I wish I had found it earlier.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this!


  2. I was fascinated by your tiny home YouTube video from faircompanies.com . Are there still lots available similar to yours in a failed subdivision?? I am interested in building my own tiny home also and move to hawaii morgage free and debt free. Please guide me where I can buy land possibly in Maui?! Thanks in Advance, James.

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