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With the conclusion of Fresh Paint Springfield LunaLucia appeared, looming over Dwight Street. Many of my friends have commented at the irony that she is gracing the side of a parking garage, given my aversion to such structures: GoodSpace Murals was the name of the group of artists from Minnesota who created the idea and…

Beer Gardens, Food Trucks, and Farmers’ Markets

James Howard Kunstler: “We don’t have to have a craft fair to get people to come here.” “A public place so dismal that the winos don’t even want to go there.” Most of Springfield’s public spaces reside on the better end of this continuum of public space, but, often due to a dearth of programming…

Fresh Paint Springfield

For mid-sized cities having an identity is a challenge. I was working in radio when the laws controlling ownership changed and saw just how quickly “local radio” all but disappeared. The same is true of banking and retail, food and drink, news and entertainment; the list goes on. Lots of places have been staging a…

The Utility of Beauty and the Beauty of Utility

This question of beauty has stayed with me for weeks now. I believe wholeheartedly in the proposition that aesthetic quality is an enormously important characteristic for cities like Springfield to cultivate if they are to survive and thrive at this moment in time. As I wrote just a few weeks ago, however, there is an…