Picking Winners

Jeff Speck’s book “The Walkable City” talks about picking winners and losers when it comes to creating walkable neighborhoods so as not to waste extremely limited resources. I not only agree, but I would suggest that this idea needs to extend beyond just creating pedestrian friendly areas, but to every decision cities make. This idea

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No Clue

Being in a room with people that, in one way or another, want the city to succeed feels great. Seeing, however, that the people who have the money and make the investments not only don’t have any idea what needs to be done, but can’t even understand the most basic underlying concepts involving the creation

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Acceptance

The first step toward being truly rational is accepting evidence, at least provisionally, once it has been demonstrated to have been arrived at in the most objective and scientific way possible. I don’t want my hometown to be viewed as it is, but if I read a poll which says that the city is generally

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It’s Ugly

Ugliness is as much in the eye of the beholder as beauty of course. I don’t like fish, jazz, modernist poetry, country music, the suburbs, and opera. I’m fairly sure that all of these likes and dislikes could be explained by a combination of nature and nurture, which is to say that had I been

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It's Ugly

Ugliness is as much in the eye of the beholder as beauty of course. I don’t like fish, jazz, modernist poetry, country music, the suburbs, and opera. I’m fairly sure that all of these likes and dislikes could be explained by a combination of nature and nurture, which is to say that had I been

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The Disconnect is the Opportunity

A significant number of people are exited about the possibility of urban living, but the truth is that most Americans really have no idea what it is that makes a place vibrant and invigorating, and therefore can’t see the contradictions that exist between what they know they want as an outcome, and what they assume

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Engage the Brain

At first glance the most obvious disastrous consequences of the horizontal development pattern of the last 60 years are the waste of land and the waste of energy that it demands. More insidious and less obvious is the waste of human resources it has required. Every human being on the planet must go through childhood

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Somewhere at the top of the list of irrational beliefs would have to be a belief in karma. Any significant amount of life experience analyzed in an objective manner should be enough to understand that “bad behavior” frequently goes unpunished and often gets rewarded and that beliefs to the contrary are mostly wishful thinking. Cheaters

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Painful Awareness or Blissful Ignorance

Awareness of the realities of life and of our current circumstances here in the United States is something that I view as a positive. I realize that not everyone would agree. Certainly one of the great philosophical questions involves what is often the dichotomy which exists between happiness and truth. I’ve made a very conscious

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More Cultural Inertia

I grew up within the boundaries of the city of Springfield, in a moderately walkable neighborhood where my elementary school was located at the end of my street. I asked my mom and she said that she thinks that she walked with me on the first day of kindergarten, but that after that I just

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