Mind the Gap

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

Boom

They say you can see a bubble in the economy by looking at the skyline. I was in Los Angeles in the 1980s when a tsunami of Japanese money poured over the city. Back then Library Tower (now US Bank Tower) was under construction. It topped out in 1989 just in time for the market … Continue reading Boom

The Ghost Ship

The fire at the Ghost Ship in Oakland, California that claimed thirty six lives touched on several themes that all congealed in one tragic event. But before I get in to the particulars I’m going to take a couple of digressions. A friend left San Francisco a couple of years ago to attend graduate school … Continue reading The Ghost Ship

DIY Urbanism

Over the years I’ve belonged to a variety of different organizations that had the ostensible goal of accomplishing X or Y. At a certain point I would realize that all anyone was doing was exercising their fears and frustrations. Most of all they were trying to stop other people from doing things they didn’t like. … Continue reading DIY Urbanism