It’s the Schools, Stupid! (Part I)

I’ve lived in my new house for 4 years now. It’s 3 blocks away from the apartment I’d lived in for 3 years after my divorce, and a block and a half away from the condominium where I lived with my family for 13 years. The first year here saw my youngest daughter’s senior year

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It’s the Schools, Stupid! (Part I)

I’ve lived in my new house for 4 years now. It’s 3 blocks away from the apartment I’d lived in for 3 years after my divorce, and a block and a half away from the condominium where I lived with my family for 13 years. The first year here saw my youngest daughter’s senior year

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The Myth of Inadequate Downtown Parking

These photographs were taken between 3:15 and 3:45 p.m. on a Thursday in mid-September. (During a website update many of the photographs were accidentally deleted. Today, February 8th, 2015, I will be searching my computer for the lost images, especially the surface lots.) Garages (These are all open to the public and less than 5

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Making Cities for People Who Hate Cities

This is the building they want to eviscerate, particularly along State Street, the very frontage seen most completely here in all its permeable(In pedestrian terms) glory. It is 3:34 a.m. and I can’t sleep. A local developer has released a plan to rehabilitate one of the most beautiful buildings on the city’s central plaza: Court

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Mo’ Good Beats Less Bad

There is a concept, an idea, a new way of understanding the impediments to reinvigorated and revitalized cities which I think could be revolutionary. In shorthand it’s that the problem isn’t having too much of the bad, it’s having too little of the good. This became obvious to me as I analyzed data about violent

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Mo' Good Beats Less Bad

There is a concept, an idea, a new way of understanding the impediments to reinvigorated and revitalized cities which I think could be revolutionary. In shorthand it’s that the problem isn’t having too much of the bad, it’s having too little of the good. This became obvious to me as I analyzed data about violent

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Physician, Shut Thyself Up

If I come across as bitter in this blog entry then it might very well be that you’ve accurately interpreted my attitude toward formerly urbanite suburban dwellers, and all suburbanites. In the end, there isn’t one problem facing most small cities in this country which couldn’t be solved by a substantial number of middle and

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No Parking

When you provide parking, you make providing parking necessary. When you don’t, you make it unnecessary. This is on a large scale of course. If you’re putting a fast food place on a commercial strip with Wal-Marts and K-Marts and Advance Auto Parts, you need to provide parking because your choice to not provide parking

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The Banality of Pizza

I really shouldn’t talk to people. About city stuff I mean. I get a little too strident, I take it a bit too seriously. Seriously. A conversation started with some fellow faculty members over lunch at school: I teach in a suburb, I should say up front. Along with that I don’t think there is

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Skyways: The Devil’s Bridges

The Bridge of Death. I wasn’t feeling too well, so I went to see the doctor yesterday. Turns out miasmas from the Connecticut river are causing my illness, and the physician recommended a remedy of blistering with hot glass and mercury treatments. Yeah, I’m pulling your leg, the preceding would be almost as stupid as

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