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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I Voted

(My weekly post is delayed so as a ñapa for my patient readers I’m posting this.) These are some photos I took on the way down to vote on Super Tuesday: And this is my polling place: It’s enough to make you think this might be a place worth fighting for.

Promise Keepers

Right on cue two of the biggest projects I called out in my Promises, Promises post got upgraded in terms of their life support level and appear to be moving forward. MGM got a one month extension from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to get the project “across the goal line”, which was later revealed to

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Not Alike in Dignity

The heuristic for my philosophy of art is that it must have some value in at least one of the three categories of beauty, meaning, or difficulty. I’m not making an attempt to universalize this framework as I realize the subjective nature of, at the very least, two out of the three, but it does

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Overstimulated

Way back in 1978 or thereabouts Springfield representative Ed Boland, yes, he of the Boland Amendment, got money for building a new federal courthouse in Springfield. As a broad redevelopment of the downtown was very much underway it was decided to place the new courthouse right on Main Street and to use the attached parking

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Maple Street

Events are in control. Jim Kunstler has been predicting that this time would come for a decade or more and it feels as though it is finally coming to pass. The response on this end has been to contemplate where I am in all aspects of my life from physical and mental health to financial

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