Gracen Johnson of Another Place For Me recently sent out a request for examples of adaptive reuses for outdated buildings. This is part of her exploration of what’s likely to happen to all the cheap, ugly, poorly constructed, disposable structures that currently litter the landscape all across North America. First, here’s an example of a completely … Continue reading Adaptive Reuse: Old Stuff, New Life
This video was edited by my friend Kirsten Dirksen of faircompanies.com This is a tale of how a hard core liberal achieved her goals by adopting a seriously conservative economic approach once she realized the usual government bureaucracies weren’t getting the job done. In 1980 Lois Arkin began her quest to build permanently affordable housing … Continue reading The Hippie Guide to Conservative Economics
Here’s the short version. The planning department in Lancaster, California did something that made property values increase by 9% this year while property values outside the project zone decreased by an average of 1% during the same period. This was in an economic environment where real estate hasn’t yet properly recovered from the 2008 crash. … Continue reading Adding Value and Building a Strong Town: Lancaster Blvd.
I attended the Congress for New Urbanism in Salt Lake City, Utah and interviewed James Alfandre as he put the finishing touches on the Granary Row project. This story was edited by my friend Kirsten Dirksen in Barcelona and was originally posted to her site Faircompanies.com Continue reading Granary Row, Salt Lake City, Utah
I recently posted a video about the Plaza Mayor in Segovia, Spain where I showed how a space in an ancient town served many functions for a variety of different kinds of people throughout the day. This next post is about how more mundane locations can implement the same activities with little more than paint, … Continue reading Sunset Triangle Plaza: Los Angeles