Last weekend was all about the outdoors and food. The annual pancake breakfast celebrating the founding of Springfield in 1636 got us up and out the door before 8 a.m. in order to beat the rain. It was great to see the usual cast of characters, from the mayor to an eccentric local we call
Some links for more information on the topics from the podcast: The pedestrian safety issue and the death of Destiny: http://rationalurbanism.com/destiny/ https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2014/12/3/just-another-pedestrian-killed Death Race 2016 and related posts: Death Race (Numbers) Around the First Turn Ignorance 2 Murders I See Dead People Connecting Dots Bingo Initial Impressions Media Coverage of Crime: Moron Media Part II Loathsome
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.
I made a very brief attempt at starting a blog way back in 2004 and I remember that two of the very first posts were on the benefits of stagnation during a time when growth was cancerous and metastatic, and critiquing the practice of ranking cities using FBI data which specifically states that it isn’t
It has been a while since the issue of place rating has come to the fore, at least in any innovative way which required comment but, obviously, that has changed. A news report, wait, a series of news reports derived from one particular not totally disinterested source has been making the rounds throughout the local
Another anti urban classic event took place this week in the Massachusetts media as Allstate Insurance released its list of cities with the worst drivers. Three of the bottom four cities, in Allstate’s estimation, were Bay State metropolises with Washington D.C. rounding out that group. Chuck Marohn did a better job than I could do
There are conceptual links which, somehow, form narratives in the news media, and others which don’t. Urban homicides form a narrative. Whether at a bar at closing time, a domestic dispute, a drug deal gone bad, or something gang related they are all bound together as a tale of death and the streets. That they
The perception that living in an urban area significantly increases the likelihood that one will become the victim of violent crime is one of the major impediments to seeing a significant increase in the number of people of means moving to the city. People don’t want to die. People don’t want to experience extreme danger,