The Apple Street Market

Back in 2014 a crowdfunding campaign was started to create a grocery store in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. House after house displayed signs proclaiming the inhabitants had made a financial contribution to the effort. I was one of them since I owned a nearby property at the time. The plan was to refurbish … Continue reading The Apple Street Market

Our State Religion

The Mayans and Egyptians built pyramids. The Chinese built the Great Wall and armies of clay soldiers. The Khmer built temples in the jungle. Americans build highways. It’s our state religion. The federal government conjures up money out of the ether and funnels cash through multiple layers of state and local agencies – each getting … Continue reading Our State Religion

Beer Church

I’ve heard it called Beer Oriented Development. The concept is simple enough. There’s a strong demand for gathering places where people can come together and enjoy being part of the larger community and feel welcomed. It’s a bit like church. A beer hall has the potential to do a disproportionate amount of heavy lifting for a … Continue reading Beer Church

Orderly, But Dumb

. Municipal governments all have land use policies that attempt to achieve particular goals: economic development, ease of traffic flow, maintaining open space, segregating noxious industries, and so on. So local authorities break out the colored pencils and create big blocks on the map. We all know what this looks like on the ground. . Single … Continue reading Orderly, But Dumb