The Public Realm

Kunstler describes the street as embodying the public realm in America because we lack “the thousand year old cathedral plazas” of Europe. It may be overwhelmingly true for most of the United States, even absolutely so if the thousand year qualifier is added and one assumes no active precolombian places of worship, but here in

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¡PVTA!

The first thing I’d do if I were in charge of the PVTA would be to go for a name change. In the lower valley a high percentage of bus users are Hispanic and, how do I explain this? Imagine if some Mexican city had a huge population of north-of-the-border retirees and its bus service

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A Carbon Tax Rebate for Country Folk

NPR and I started to part ways after September 11, 2001 due to our differing views on the wars which followed. I started seeking out news more in line with my own views and found Democracy Now! and some independent podcasts (though I’m not sure the word existed)tended to come from a perspective I could

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Chuck or Mike?

During a week when I thought that Richard Florida’s new book would give me some insight into the urban condition, it turns out to be a book on food that sent my mind to thinking. My wife had been trying to get me to read “In Defense of Food” for months and this week I

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All Thinking No Doing Makes Stevie a Dull Boy

Whenever the topic of social capital comes up I’ll say to my wife that Duncan Crary, a Troy, New York cheerleader, would know more people in the neighborhood after living here for 9 days than I would after 9 years; it’s just the nature of who he is and who I’m not. I was able

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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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