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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Jaén

Having recently been in Spain for a little more than a week, it seems strange to title my blog post with the name of a city there I did not visit this time around. Jaén is a very special, unusual place however, and so it merits the privilege. I saw Jaén for the first time

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Growing Up

Years ago I was given the opportunity to be part of a public-private partnership. The city of Springfield, in the past, was known for its abundance of street trees along with its spectacular system of public parks, but budget cuts had forced the city to trim its “forestry division” from a few dozen full time

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Critical Mass

15 years ago the General Manager of the Boston Red Sox was from western Massachusetts, and he had a vision of a farm system for the team which would have the triple A, double A, and A level franchises in New England. Boutique ballparks were all the rage with Camden Yards being credited for helping

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Wasted Space

Edwards Street. In what I view to be an elaboration of the Powell Doctrine of overwhelming force made manifest in urban revitalization, one of Springfield’s master plans called for creating a market rate residential neighborhood between Mattoon Street and the Quadrangle. The idea was to take a relatively empty street surrounded by many healthy properties

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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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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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