Shovel Ready

Many years ago I remember a television commentator saying more Americans have outhouses than computer connections. This was in the early days of dial up modems. He seemed to suggest that household computers were little more than Japanese video games, which was actually true at the time. Well, thirty years have passed and this afternoon … Continue reading Shovel Ready

Jacob Marley and the Ghost of Parking Past

  I’ve been asked by the Strong Towns folks to write about┬áBlack Friday parking. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving which signals the official beginning of the Christmas shopping season. This general consumer feeding frenzy is responsible for the largest single chunk of many retailers’ sales and profits for the entire year. Even if … Continue reading Jacob Marley and the Ghost of Parking Past

Betsy Ross Was a Renter and Frank Lloyd Wright Was an Absentee Landlord

The building in Philadelphia that’s now known as the Betsy Ross House was never actually occupied by Ross. That building most likely existed a few door over but is long gone. But the museum does an excellent job of recreating a proxy that conveys the larger truth even if some of the historical details are … Continue reading Betsy Ross Was a Renter and Frank Lloyd Wright Was an Absentee Landlord