When Dysfunction and Dysfunction Meet

I get what I have to admit is a guilty pleasure in reading about the drama involved in placing affordable housing in suburban communities. Growing up one of my best friends lived in the town of Ludlow. Being from Springfield I would joke about Lud-where? His response was usually Lud-why? As a coach of a

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Worth Defending*

The MGM resort casino was the focus of a news feature on Connecticut Public Radio last week. As one would expect from a CPB production it was generally fair, thoughtful, and well produced; it also took very few risks and generally trod the pathways one would expect.  There were two glaringly contradictory “fear pairs”, each

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Light

I’m preparing a real wonder-post…in my humble opinion, but it’s taking a while to put together. To make up for the missing weekend addition to my blog I have a query for those of you who live in an urban environment.  Lighting is generally considered key to overall security whether it be personal or property.

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Worth Defending

The MGM resort casino was the focus of a news feature on Connecticut Public Radio last week. As one would expect from a CPB production it was generally fair, thoughtful, and well produced; it also took very few risks and generally trod the pathways one would expect.  There were two glaringly contradictory “fear pairs”, each

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HMWYP? Part II

My “How Much Would You Pay?” essay was picked up at the Strong Towns website. The comments on that piece along with my conversations with my co-worker about the content thereof have broadened the scope of the topic quite a bit. My initial desire was only to remark on the enormous difference in price given

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The Balrog on our Bridge

For a short time my ex wife rented a room in a McMansion in Westfield, Massachusetts. When I would drop off or pick up my daughters to visit her they would enter this enormous house with a huge lawyer foyer and entryway chandelier…through the garage. The anomalies of the topography made seeing any part of

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How Much Would You Pay?

The trade offs, the opportunity costs of our decisions are front and center for those people who live the examined life. I choose affordable, walkable, beautiful urbanity and the trade off is living in a poor neighborhood with all that entails. The only way for me to alter the equation would be for me to

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Recognizing Good Urbanism

Walking through the neighborhood to help a friend celebrate 40 years in his home we walked through the Quadrangle: And then down Elliot Street where LuLu said: “I want to live on this street. It just makes me…happy.” Jane Jacobs eat your heart out!

What, me? No.

This post is not about football. In the mid 1970’s there was one Patriots fan at Forest Park Junior High in Springfield, Massachusetts, and that was me. There were Steelers fans, and Cowboys fans, and Dolphins fans, and Giants fans, and even one Baltimore Colts fan (my best friend, Mike Surrette), but being a New

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The Burning Questions

What Strongtowns does to communicate important ideas about resilience at the level of the community, PeakProsperity does for the individual. I could not recommend more highly the updated Crash Course for understanding what to do as an individual to prepare for the future. What makes my involvement with the site problematic is the core level

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