Syracuse, Crunched

Read this: Did you catch it? Read the excerpts of this one now: There you go. You see? The Quality of Life ranking is for the METRO area, not just the city. People in Syracuse might miss that, despite the brief nod to “metro area” in the story, and walk away feeling good about their

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How Deep Does the Stupid Go?

As I think about it this could be the blogpost version of the movie “Inception”, but if you enjoy urban design and have a fondness for anachronism it could be worth delving through the layers. Worcester and Springfield (pronounced “Spring-Field”) are similar cities facing similar problems but all in all Worcester is ahead of Springfield.

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Read it for the Articles

Read these two articles (one and two)and peruse this list of car friendly cities. Take a moment or two. Synthesize the information. I start, if I’m being honest, with a tremendous, overwhelming feeling of schadenfreude lightly dusted with some righteous indignation and just a hint of despair.  Changes in mortality by region due to climate

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Shocking!

I understand that the overall concept for the new Union Station includes it being a “park n’ ride” hub for people working in Hartford, New Haven, or metro NYC . Very few may use it for daily commutes, but it may prove useful for the once or twice per week commuter and as such parking

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The Hills Are Alive (’cause the cities subsidize them)

I took a ride through Berkshire, Litchfield, and Putnam counties in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York, respectively, on the way to a family get together last weekend. As it was a holiday, we decided to avoid the interstates. The trip was breathtakingly beautiful, but more importantly, it shed light on some of the problems people

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The White Whale

Call me gentrifier. I don’t reject the appellation, but depending upon the route I take in describing myself the label could seem a bit odd: I have purchased an old townhouse near the center of the city which could have easily become 3 or even 4 apartments and converted it from an office/apartment combination back

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Congress for the New Springfield

Like the really bad song you can’t stop singing I have to give some credit to a fairly corny and terribly lame story I heard told perhaps 40 years ago but which always springs to mind whenever prevention and remediation are discussed. It had something to do with a mountain town that had a windy

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Cognitive Dissonance 

I’m suffering from a bit of cognitive dissonance as I write these words; my generally optimistic perspective and “rose colored glasses” view of my hometown contrasted with my apocalyptic outlook for the American Empire and industrial society. Apart from one obvious exception I see in Springfield a community moving in the right direction and making

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Preserving Urbanism

I’ve already written a handful of pieces on historic preservation. In my earliest essay bearing directly on the topic I make the argument that economic vitality is the only guarantor of long term historic preservation. In retrospect, and after reading some thoughtful arguments regarding the relationship of growth and historic preservation, I must admit that

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The Chicken Building

The concept of the invisible bike rider has been addressed in multiple venues over the past few months and it has opened my eyes to not just a larger reality but also to some of my own biases. Yesterday as I strolled past Court Square I saw a resplendent cyclist with the bright yellow garb

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