Hey Friends

Everything is just fine here, but instead of spending 5 days a week intermingling with hundreds of teenagers I find myself in front of a screen trying to pretend I’m actually teaching; instead of my time writing for Rational Urbanism being a quiet release of tension it puts me on a small screen again. Typing.

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We’re All Out of Lobster

I feel as though I have been left to sort through the detritus and analyze the pronouncements of a host of prognosticators. On one side those who can see the way in which urban America, never short of bogeymen, has become the Big Apple Pie face of Covid-19 and who, therefore, are predicting the post-coronavirus

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About Foxy Knoxy

Some years ago when the case of Amanda Knox was becoming quite well known here in the United States I watched an hour long news program on the matter and came away with no opinion regarding her guilt or innocence. What struck me most was that while the Italian and British public were certain of

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Too Soon?

My wife hopped in the car and got some pre-paid fresh vegetables put in the trunk at our “food desert” farm store and then went for a drive around the neighborhood. Construction was moving forward on MGM’s Wahlburgers, and the new Wayfinders building just north of the railroad arch looked finished. Nothing was boarded up

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Not Letting this Crisis go to Waste

There’s a dictum I heard for the very first time, and then multiple times, over the last few days which applies to how I feel at the moment; before a crisis most preparation seems excessive and yet during the crisis feels inadequate. In terms of food nearly everyone who saw our pantry made a comment

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10538 Overture

My apologies for delivering a less than fully conceptualized essay this week as I find myself much more in the mode of hypothesizing than pontificating. If any of you wish to squeeze into a Rational Urbanism rabbit hole I recommend this post at The Sun. It gives some of my ideas prominence. The author was

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Garden-19(20)

For some reason my gardening activities have been a bit more focused this year. We planted hundreds of garlic bulbs last fall because the weather and availability made it impossible for us to plant at Copper Hill Farm: The asparagus bed is due for its first year of full production: We’ll see. We’ve got four

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Mocked, Opposed, Accepted

I wrote these two essays for StrongTowns almost two years ago: The Elements of a Resilient Life In the Face of an Uncertain Future I don’t suppose I need to convince anyone whose been reading my blog for more than a few months that my overall outlook is apocalyptic. I’ve often softened that perspective by

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Hello from the Other Side

Coming out the other side of this we will be a different world. Globalism as we have known it will have turned out to be a “temporary set of circumstances” just as JHK said it would and the relocalization of supply chains and of production will begin. I’ve watched a generation of wonderful, curious, intelligent

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Build It! (somewhere else)

I was at the Bernie 2020 rally in Springfield on Friday evening (a week ago) and it was an enlightening experience. My wife and her family were all over the event volunteering; which was the only way I was able to get in. The main arena of the MassMutual Center was occupied by the AHL

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