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

Mind the Gap

I spent the last several years on an extended tangent exploring land use policy, the dynamics of a shifting economic and political landscape, and popular interpretations of how things should be. I’ve come to a peculiar set of conclusions and it’s not what I expected. We have a collection of rules, regulations, social expectations, and … Continue reading Mind the Gap

Give it Another Century and We’ll See How it Goes

I got push back from readers when I dissed some flavorless suburban condo complexes in the context of urban agriculture. My observation was meant to be simple. We’re on a trajectory of ever larger, more complex, and highly leveraged institutional “solutions” to endemic social and economic problems that don’t actually make things better. Quite the opposite. What … Continue reading Give it Another Century and We’ll See How it Goes