Every once in a while I find myself standing in a place that’s right on the cusp of being transformed from one thing to another. I turn slowly and take in the landscape and decades flash by in an instant in my mind. It’s easy. We’ve all seen this show before. We know exactly how … Continue reading Quakertown
I’m a long time member of the Strong Towns organization and this week is our annual membership drive. If you’re reading Granola Shotgun you obviously have some interest in the built environment. I invite you to check out all the great resources and dynamic people involved in the Strong Towns movement and join today. … Continue reading Strong Towns
I occasionally stumble on a property like this one. Its trajectory over the decades is clear. It started as a comfortable middle class home. You can still see the outlines of the kidney shaped pool in the back yard. It’s obvious that the road out front was widened. And widened again. And widened again. High … Continue reading Pave. Fail. Pave. Fail. Repeat.
There’s a weird war raging these days. There are people who advocate high rise living and public transit in the urban core to the exclusion of other arrangements. And then there are folks who can’t hold their head up high in church on Sunday if they don’t live on a quarter acre lot out on … Continue reading Collingswood: The Main Street Model
I’m visiting an old college room mate this week. I’ve been close to him and his family for many years. While I’m in the area I decided to poke around to see how various towns have fared over the years. I stopped by his late grandmother’s house in Pennsauken yesterday. Back in 1952 the white … Continue reading Pennsauken’s Crescent Boulevard
The town of Voorhees, New Jersey had a problem. The residential subdivisions and office parks of this middle class post World War II suburb managed to do pretty well. But the Voorhees Mall limped along and entered a death spiral. As neighboring municipalities engaged in an arms race for sales tax revenue Voorhees found itself … Continue reading Sprawl Repair: Voorhees Town Center
Buses exist in every nook and cranny of the country, but whether any particular bus is embraced or rejected by the local culture has a lot to do with who’s riding that bus – and who isn’t. School buses are the most ubiquitous and least controversial. The only people who ever ride a school bus … Continue reading Good Bus, Bad Bus, Slow Bus, No Bus