The People Aquarium

Flying over Phoenix, Arizona I looked down at the two options Americans have for property development. There are large scale high rise towers in dense urban clusters. And there are low density peripheral subdivisions out along the highways. The Phoenix metroplex gradually breaks apart as cul-de-sacs give way to irrigated farmland and then the desolate … Continue reading The People Aquarium

Blogsplaining Good Urbanism

Blogsplaining. Is that a thing? I think it is. It’s a close cousin to Rebecca Solnit’s mansplaining. Blogsplaining is the use of logic to solve an obvious problem, but¬†without acknowledging the cultural imperatives that make the solution impossible to implement. In other words, blogsplaining is the thankless task of solving a problem no one wants … Continue reading Blogsplaining Good Urbanism

Garden Grove: The Other Kind of Incremental Urbanism

This is the historic Main Street in Garden Grove, California. Back in 1874 land was platted in small twenty five foot wide lots and sold off with minimal infrastructure. Individuals built modest pragmatic structures with funds pulled largely from the household budget, extended family, and short term debt. This was long before the thirty year … Continue reading Garden Grove: The Other Kind of Incremental Urbanism