Our current national conversation pits suburbia against the urban core. Big box stores against Main Street. Cars against transit. Single family homes against apartments. This is a false choice. The way things play out over time might surprise everyone – including me. So I want to look to the past to get a vague outline of … Continue reading History Doesn’t Necessarily Repeat, But It Rhymes
Every once in a while I’ll be photographing a park or a strip mall parking lot or something of interest to me and this blog when someone will be outraged that I’m taking their photo without permission. I immediately introduce myself, hand them my card, show them the images on my camera, and if they … Continue reading Dude! Why Are You Photographing My Camera?
When I first arrived in San Francisco many years ago I bounced around from couch to couch and rented space in other people’s homes until I finally found a place that I could afford on my own. It was a little 1930’s garden shed in what was then a disreputable neighborhood. (How times change.) It … Continue reading Affordable Housing, Minus the Housing and Affordable Parts
Google My last post was about how Silicon Valley is evolving into an urban form that’s not quite leafy and open enough to be a suburb anymore, but not really vibrant and compact enough to be a proper city either. “Too thin to be jelly. Too thick to be jam.” The story got an unusually … Continue reading Silicon Valley: Jelly in the Jam
I was recently asked by a neighbor to write a blog post about greed in the super heated economic bubble here in San Francisco. I told her I think the problems that vex her are more complicated than pure greed, but I’d give it a shot. Keep in mind, where a person stands on any … Continue reading Inside the Bubble
Two nights ago I attended a presentation at Mission Dolores Church sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle called “A Changing Mission”. The discussion was based on a newspaper article and associated short film about the neighborhood. It’s well worth a quick look here. Next week I’ll be in Lancaster, California to attend a similar … Continue reading Two Sides of the Same Coin: Decline and Gentrification
I’m a big fan of the Urban Cincy podcast coming out of Cincinnati, Ohio. This short video is a response to some of the head-scratching and confusion about why some San Franciscans are protesting the so-called “Google Bus”. The protests aren’t about the buses themselves or private transportation per se. Instead, the protests are about real estate and … Continue reading Where Transportation and Property Values Collide: San Francisco’s “Google Bus”