I’m fond of describing Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns as my de facto secular parish priest – my consigliere. But I find myself drifting away from the flock and feel an obligation to articulate why. Perhaps in describing my concerns I can either be persuaded to fold back in, or at least give Chuck something to chew on … Continue reading An Open Letter To Chuck Marohn
There’s a certain amount of nostalgia these days for 1950’s suburbs when men were men and ladies mopped linoleum floors in white pumps and pearls. I’m not entirely sure that world ever really existed precisely the way it was portrayed on black and white television, but we seem to want it to be true. Here … Continue reading The Ghost of Mamie Eisenhower
I just attended the final session of NERT training. The Neighborhood Emergency Response Team program was created by the city of San Francisco to help people become more prepared for the kinds of disaster situations that are likely to overwhelm professional first responders. If the general population is more educated and equipped to deal with foreseeable challenges … Continue reading How to Ride the Slide: NERTs Don’t Get Hurt
I flew to Montana to help relatives move house from Polson to Butte. In between I spent a week exploring Missoula which is geographically between those two towns. The entire state of Montana is one long gorgeous series of post card views in every direction. Missoula is the kind of small rural college town that … Continue reading Squeezing the Balloon in Missoula
My last post described how a town in Georgia spent an enormous amount of public money on a new civic center and road expansions, but somehow managed to devalue nearby private property in the process. Here’s an example of a neighborhood in Nashville, Tennessee that took a different approach that cost a lot less and achieved … Continue reading A Better Way
These are highly educated well paid workers at a San Francisco tech company. They’re mostly young. Some are single. Some are newly coupled. Some are married with young children. There are exceptions, but they tend to want to live in a vibrant urban neighborhood with a short commute rather than a distant suburb. Some enjoy … Continue reading Finally! Great New Affordable Bay Area Housing!
I was on my bicycle waiting for a red light to change and found myself reading this billboard. I thought the text was a bit lengthy for a roadside advertisement and then realized that was the entire point. Reading it was only possible if you were stuck in gridlock. It read: These Things Used To … Continue reading These Things Used To Work Pretty Good