"Something's actually happening, Reg!"

Hope springs eternal of course, and when it comes to my hometown I tend to be an optimist despite a very concerted effort to remain dispassionate and rational. On this beautiful Spring morning it’s hard for me to not be optimistic about the future however. I’ve taken a walk around the block, hardly deviating from

Read More…

Gun Violence

I sympathize with the advocates of gun control but, just as I cannot envision any scenario in which the people’s possession of firearms can protect them from a truly tyrannical government, I cannot envision a scenario in which meaningful gun legislation could be enacted without the very act leading to greater violence than it was

Read More…

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

Read More…

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

Read More…

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

Read More…

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

Read More…

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

Read More…

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

Read More…

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

Read More…

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

Read More…