I was in Atlanta last month and was encouraged to poke around by the people who invited me. For my entire life the greater Atlanta metroplex has grown in population, geographic size, economic importance, and cultural relevance. As the locals like to remind everyone, Hartsfield-Jackson is the busiest airport in North America. Half the people I … Continue reading Obstacle Course
I’m going to make an analogy here so give me a few paragraphs to piece it together. I’ve been an amateur bee keeper for the last eight or nine years. The garden and orchard do better when the bees are around to pollinate things and the hives produce high quality honey. Last year was especially … Continue reading The Atlanta Bee Hive Apartment Renovation
I spent the afternoon down in Silicon Valley visiting friends. We hired a driver and made the rounds to local wineries to sample their wares. Evidently a lot of tech money has found its way up into the hills where large fortunes are turned into slightly smaller ones by way of the grape. When we … Continue reading A Delicate Balance
Here’s a familiar situation in many towns. This happens to be Georgia, but it could be almost anywhere. Entire neighborhoods of small older homes have been passed over as the population migrated to newer suburban developments. . . . . These homes are so inexpensive that no bank will write a mortgage even if a … Continue reading Shotgun!
As part of a thought experiment I examined one specific neighborhood in a typical small city in Georgia. I’m using this town not because it’s unique, but because it’s absolutely normative. I could do the same analysis on the town where my mom, sisters, and brother live in southern New Jersey and it would be … Continue reading A Different Approach
Here’s a familiar streetscape. You see this all over the country. This road is congested during peak morning and afternoon commutes, but pretty lifeless the rest of the time. Drivers don’t like stopping here, yet it’s an unpleasant environment to be a pedestrian. It’s too thick to be jam and too thin to be jelly. … Continue reading The Nature of the Problem
I keep up with the reports and personalities that proclaim America’s suburbs are thriving and will continue to do so forever. Yet I keep scratching my head since these depictions are in conflict with what I keep seeing on the ground as I travel around the country. The folks who declare the permanent triumph of … Continue reading Your Town Is a Financial Time Bomb