The Stealth Triplex

There was a time not all that long ago when ordinary people built simple small scale mixed use buildings on Main Street in every little town in North America. This was completely normal. Of course the family that owns the corner grocery store lives upstairs. Dah. But we almost never see such structures built new … Continue reading The Stealth Triplex

The Bitter Suite

I’m tired of people trying to sugarcoat things in the name of cooperative constructive engagement. Meetings, conventions, more meetings, public charrettes, more meetings, another conference, more meetings… Welcome stakeholders! We value your input! I’m not a patient person. I want to go out in to the world and actually get things done. But that’s not … Continue reading The Bitter Suite

Homesteading Detroit

I’m in Detroit this week for the Congress for New Urbanism, the Strong Towns gathering, and a┬áSmall Developers Workshop. I’m using Airbnb instead of the corporate hotel option while I’m in town. This is what $13,000 buys you in Detroit. Well… $13,000 and four years of blood, sweat, and tears. Detroit allows people with the … Continue reading Homesteading Detroit