I’m a prepper. The term is loaded with all manner of connotations that point directly to a lone wolf hunkered down in a bunker with firearms and cans of tuna waiting to ride out the Zombie Apocalypse. Me? Not so much. Instead, I’m simply prepared for the entirely predictable everyday difficulties that unfold. Here’s an … Continue reading Strong Households: Prepper Plumbing
I recently published an article that explored some of the ways regulations make it difficult for small businesses to get off the ground and function. Among the examples I used from around the country was Bank Suey in Hamtramck, Michigan. My story was subsequently reposted on various other sites which the owner, Alissa Shelton, read … Continue reading Hamtramck: Scale and Institutional Frameworks
Each year an old university room mate comes to stay with me in San Francisco while he attends the Internet of Things (IoT) Convention in Silicon Valley. I like to tag along to see what the technoscenti are up to. Every year amid all the usual engineers and computer people looking to promote their products … Continue reading Blockchain
I spent the morning touring a friend’s newest project as we went over the things that needed to be done. Cleaning, painting, tinkering. He just sold his suburban home since he was ready to move on and this is a great time to sell property. However, it’s a terrible time to try and buy. So … Continue reading Bay Area*, Two Beds*, Two Baths*, Utilities Included, $340* a month (See Asterisks)
I spent the last several years on an extended tangent exploring land use policy, the dynamics of a shifting economic and political landscape, and popular interpretations of how things should be. I’ve come to a peculiar set of conclusions and it’s not what I expected. We have a collection of rules, regulations, social expectations, and … Continue reading Mind the Gap
I got push back from readers when I dissed some flavorless suburban condo complexes in the context of urban agriculture. My observation was meant to be simple. We’re on a trajectory of ever larger, more complex, and highly leveraged institutional “solutions” to endemic social and economic problems that don’t actually make things better. Quite the opposite. What … Continue reading Give it Another Century and We’ll See How it Goes
. . . I got an e-mail from an architect friend yesterday and I need to make a big decision. It’s not one I’m taking lightly. He let me know that in the wake of the recent fires that destroyed thousands of properties all across the county officials were temporarily suspending a lot of the … Continue reading Crisis. Opportunity. Ambivalence.