Belle Reve

This is an old neighborhood in Denver. (“Old” by American standards goes back to about the 1890s in Colorado. It ain’t Rome.) But when I daydream about places I love these are the kinds of neighborhoods and buildings that come to mind. These are modest yet sturdy buildings that were constructed incrementally over time by … Continue reading Belle Reve

Frugal Hedonism and Greening the Apocalypse

There’s a podcast out of Melbourne, Australia called “Greening the Apocalypse” that I enjoy. It’s part tongue-in-cheek comic banter and part earnest exploration of what being “green” means for people living in a modern metroplex. Back in July I was listening to an episode that featured David Holmgren who promotes the re-ruralization of suburbia as frugal hedonism. … Continue reading Frugal Hedonism and Greening the Apocalypse

The Difference Between a Road and a Street (India Style)

Chuck Marohn at strongtowns.org  eloquently describes the difference between a road and a street. Most people use the terms interchangeably, but it’s important to understand the distinction. Above we have roads. They’re designed specifically to allow vehicles to travel as quickly and efficiently as possible between two places. A road is entirely about getting from … Continue reading The Difference Between a Road and a Street (India Style)