Stand by your Megastructure

Check out Johnny Sanphillippo’s most recent post at Granola Shotgun. His description of Mont Saint-Michel on the Prairie is mind blowing, thought provoking, and scary. I have to admit that I am jealous beyond belief of a place like Colorado which has such self confidence that it can build an entire city from nothing in

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Welcome to my $#!%hole

Being appalled at someone using the word “shithole” to describe a place is easier than acknowledging the influence American policy has had in making it a shithole I suppose. And while it is impossible to double blind history in order to see if El Salvador, Haiti, or the Middle East might be remarkably different than

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Holy Toledo

Toledo, Spain is a marvelous city. Most famous now for being the home of the artist Domenikos Theotocopoulos. Perhaps only Gaudi and Barcelona present a stronger connection of city to artist. Toledo was a struggling provincial municipality when I first visited in the 1980’s, but when my wife and I returned just three summers ago

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South End Specials

Featured this week on Masslive was a Boston home, a townhouse in the South End, selling for more than $3.8 million. Too many thoughts have raced through my mind to lay them all out here on this blog so instead I will comment only that, if I were to have saved every dollar I had

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Onward and Upward

I feel a bit like Odysseus about to lie down for a nap, or a wide receiver celebrating a touchdown at the 10 yard line, but this does look to be Springfield’s year. Just contemplating it makes me think this will be the year of the zombie apocalypse: Dow, 25,000? Bitcoin, $17,000? Springfield poised to

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Happy Holidays

I only vaguely recall the days of shopping downtown with both Forbes and Wallace, and Steiger’s connected to Baystate West, but shopping at the latter and Johnson’s Bookstore for the holidays was something I did into adulthood. My ex wife even worked at Johnson’s for a while. Johnson’s. What a strange, cool, quirky store…underground tunnel

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Media Darlings

Peruse my back catalog a bit and you’ll see that much of my initial energy on the Rational Urbanism website was focused on media criticism. That culminated last year with the Death Race feature at which point, perhaps at a subconscious level, I felt that I had said most of what needed to be said.

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The Heat

As the outside temperature hovers in the single digits below zero it seems fitting that I update my readers on the projects intended to make my urban homestead a little bit more resilient. The long saga of the wood stove came to a sudden conclusion as the co-owner of the shop where we had laid

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It’s Not What You Think

I’m not against using numbers in analysis as anyone who has read my blog for long enough will know. There are times though when numbers draw out more questions than they resolve. Take the case of two New England cities: One having lost nearly 30% of its population since the mid XX Century and seeing

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A Veritable Vegetable Oasis

I find that I tend to see most things backwards. Regarding the MGM project taking shape a block or so from my house most people make some comments about the great things it will do for the value of my property; I can’t see why I would want my house to be worth more when

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