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Mitigation

*Warning. Exclusively local interest on this one! So WEST Springfield is getting millions in mitigation $ from Springfield due to concerns regarding MGM traffic. Here are some pictures of Springfield traffic caused by The Big E. The city may get some cash for police, but I doubt that even during its opening weekend MGM will…

Dying in (no)Place

A report prepared by a combination of worldwide organizations listed Springfield as one of the most resilient cities* in the world placing it near the very top of that list out of over 2,000 cities. While I see the logic in the outcome it is odd to me that, on the map of the results…

The Contrast

Contrast and juxtaposition give me an aesthetic rush. Viewing New York City from Central Park or the tenement behind my house from my garden highlights the otherness of each element in such a way that both are elevated.  This isn’t just true of the vegetable/mineral contrast of (constructed) nature in the built environment, it works…

You Learn Something New Every Day

Despite my job as a language teacher and my weekly blogposts here at Rational Urbanism I don’t consider myself an expert on words, but I was surprised to learn that the noun “shooting”, as in “There was a shooting on Bliss Street”, does not necessarily mean that anyone was shot, but only that a gun…