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  1. Hey Johnny,

    Was trying to find a way to shoot you an email. Really, really love your work in both the terms of writing and thoughts, but photography as well. Been checking your website everyday since I first read the post about Colerain Ave. in Cincinnati. You left a comment on my website (queencitydiscovery.com) awhile ago and I unfortunately just saw it. If you’r ever back in Cincinnati, beer’s on me. Shoot me an email: ronnysalerno@gmail.com

  2. Hey Johnny,
    I’ve read several articles in your blog and found them fascinating. I am an Italian guy in San Francisco, launching a new startup that is related to urbanism and architecture.
    I would very much like to get in touch with you. Can you drop me an email?

  3. 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!


  4. 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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