Belle Reve

This is an old neighborhood in Denver. (“Old” by American standards goes back to about the 1890s in Colorado. It ain’t Rome.) But when I daydream about places I love these are the kinds of neighborhoods and buildings that come to mind. These are modest yet sturdy buildings that were constructed incrementally over time by … Continue reading Belle Reve

Afterburn

Here in California we’ve just received our first rain since last winter after another brutal round of massive forest fires. Our Mediterranean style climate cycles from a long dry hot period to a few short cool wet winter months. October is our most fire prone time of year. It’s hot, the earth is bone dry, … Continue reading Afterburn

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

The Future of Suburbia

People who love living in vibrant walkable mixed use urban neighborhoods sometimes look at suburban commercial corridors and suggest they can be transformed with light rail, bicycles, fine grained locally owned businesses, clean solar and wind power, and mom and pop small scale infill construction. Others who really enjoy their spacious suburban homes, front lawns, … Continue reading The Future of Suburbia

Little Picture

From my perspective the Big Picture stretching out into the future is one of recurring overlapping structural challenges of all kinds. As an individual I have zero control over any of it. But I have a compelling interest in finding effective ways of navigating through whatever may come. I’m sometimes described as a doomer, but … Continue reading Little Picture