The Apartment Complex

Garden apartment complexes do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to suburban affordable housing. Young singles, the elderly, married couples saving for their first home, recently divorced folks starting over, and people who tried but somehow failed to move on to other arrangements – these are the inhabitants of America’s low density rental … Continue reading The Apartment Complex

Betwixt and Between

A recent podcast discussion between architect/urban planner Douglas Farr and professional cranky old guy James Howard Kunstler presented two opposing schools of thought within the same general New Urbanist camp. Farr expects business as usual to persist for a very long time even as external circumstances force incremental adjustments. Kunstler just sees collapse. I’d like to … Continue reading Betwixt and Between

The Mangiapocalypse

Mangia: the Italian verb “to eat.” Apocalypse: the complete final destruction of the world. Push them together and you get the Mangiapocalypse. This portmanteau was suggested by a friend who was describing the philosophy of preparing for disaster in a way that’s abundant, fun, productive, and oriented toward a better overall quality of everyday life. … Continue reading The Mangiapocalypse

Two Years and Counting

Two years ago this month I wrote a post about a building fire here in San Francisco. These events are statistically unlikely in any given year or for any individual household. But when they do happen – to you – they’re devastating. It’s the little personal disasters like this that concern me most. Civilization carries on. Your old … Continue reading Two Years and Counting

Prepper First Aid

I like to think I’m better prepared for emergency situations than most people in terms of food, water, and financial resilience. But when it comes to medical training I got a whole lot of nothing. While I lack the temperament to ever be a serious first responder, at the very least I feel a personal … Continue reading Prepper First Aid