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…Out the Front Door

At the same time there are reasons to think that what is out our front door just might be improving as well. One of the two formerly abandoned buildings across the street is now fully functioning as the centerpiece of the Lower Maple Business Park: It includes a very suburban parking lot, but I’m hoping…

The Backyard…

Andrés Duany says that city dwellers give up a backyard for what they can access easily by just walking out their front door, and of course he is right. There is a sort of mathematical equation which controls it I’m sure, for as each individual’s private realm expands it reaches a point where the critical…

A World Made by Kunstler

Warning: Spoilers (but not many) Read “The Long Emergency” and you get the idea that James Howard Kunstler sees trouble ahead for industrial society, read “The World Made by Hand” novels and you enter into the dystopic remains of the United States that he envisions. As a fan of Classic Kunstler, “The Geography of Nowhere”…

Why Not Optimism?

My last post was really just a tangent, a digression, what I had intended to write was a much more optimistic post. It had to do with pride of place and positivity. It all started with a very pleasant conversation in a Bed and Breakfast in Troy, New York with a resident of Jacksonville, Florida.…