Oh! The Places They’ll Stay

It’s the places between the places that matter. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that they matter more than the places themselves, but they matter quite a bit. In the suburban model the places between the places you go don’t matter, there’s a time quotient which comes into play and perhaps individuals take

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Oh! The Places They'll Stay

It’s the places between the places that matter. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that they matter more than the places themselves, but they matter quite a bit. In the suburban model the places between the places you go don’t matter, there’s a time quotient which comes into play and perhaps individuals take

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Funny, Their Kids Are So Cute.

Just a quick hit here on the idiocy of school uniforms. If you wanted to see the definition of cargo cult behavior as I explained it in the rationalurbanism podcast, just contemplate the idea of making (urban) students wear uniforms. The reasoning goes like this: Expensive private schools make their students wear uniforms and those

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The Lesson

When I purchased my house I had to deal with more than the usual complications of becoming a new home owner. Because the building had been used as offices by a fairly large law firm it was necessary for me to demonstrate to both the municipality and to utility companies that the property was now

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Gay

Springfield is the second gayest city in America. it is clear that the survey which gave this result was far from scientific, and it would be easy to quibble with both the methodology and the outcome, but it is a fact that the gay community in Springfield is active and significant. I remember being in

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Welcome to My World

Springfield is bribing people, paying them to live my life, and there are no takers. If I weren’t so happy with my life I might take offense. The city will sell you a house for $1,000 and donate $75,000 to exterior renovations if you’re just willing to live where I live. When I tell people

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Killing What Works

On a Saturday evening almost everything is closed downtown; banks, offices, stores, museums. There is one block, one, where there is some life: The Shean Block. There is a small restaurant open, a barber shop (with a handful of people actually inside getting their hair cut), a convenience store, and a clothing boutique. Here is

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Programming

The downtown of my city looks so much better now than it did when I first came to know it in the seventies. The “greatest generation” may have made it through the Great Depression and defeated Hitler, but they were terrible stewards of the public infrastructure they inherited from their parents. The great Olmsted park

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Never Having to Say You’re Nimby

The only thing I don’t want in my backyard is a NIMBY. For the uninitiated, a Nimby is someone who doesn’t want something in their “backyard”. With the exception of parking, and that because parking is nothing and not something, I can think of nothing that I don’t want in my urban backyard. In the

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Never Having to Say You're Nimby

The only thing I don’t want in my backyard is a NIMBY. For the uninitiated, a Nimby is someone who doesn’t want something in their “backyard”. With the exception of parking, and that because parking is nothing and not something, I can think of nothing that I don’t want in my urban backyard. In the

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