I have a theory about where the next culturally dynamic neighborhoods are likely to emerge and which building types will be the engine of that transformation. It may not be exactly what most people expect.As American industry receded in the later half of the Twentieth Century it left behind an alluvial delta of redundant buildings that sat vacant for years, no longer useful or productive.
There’s plenty of blight out there. Inner city blight, failing suburban blight, long lost rural small town blight… empty storefronts, boarded up buildings, dead streets. There’s simply no government program that’s going to bring these places back to life. No Wall Street investment scheme is likely to revive these places.
Urban form in American cities is in a constant state of evolution. Until recent years, American suburbia was often built without an appreciation for future evolution. This has left many older suburbs in a deteriorated state, and has accelerated claims of a more generalized suburban decline. The Indianapolis suburb of Carmel represents a response to this historic pattern.
The Renault 16:... one of the first cars with a hatchback body style, that is, a car halfway between a saloon and an estate, and, before the term "hatchback" was coined, journalists struggled to describe it.
"Here you go, Internet: more examples of Bad Advice I Read on Pinterest — from the questionable to the facepalm-worthy."Many more at the link. I chose those 2 because they worked on me... in spite of my defenses!
Recently I attended a presentation at Mission Dolores Church sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle called “A Changing Mission”. The discussion was based on a newspaper article and associated short film about the neighborhood. It’s well worth a quick look here.
I’m a longtime advocate of walkable, mixed-use, mixed-income, transit-served neighborhoods. But lately I’ve been having impure thoughts about suburbia. Let me explain. What often passes for a neighborhood in America is a low grade assemblage of chain convenience stores, big box outlets, franchise muffler shops, multi-lane highways, and isolated cul-de-sacs.
Just when you thought it was dead and buried, Google is about to release an upgraded version of Google Glass with an all-new chip and improved battery life. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that an Intel chip is going to be found inside the new version of Google Glass, replacing a processor manufactured by Texas Instruments.
"Too Many Cooks," the sitcom-intro spoof that destroyed America's brains back in November, worked so well because of its spot-on parody of several TV genres, which went uncomfortably long and then glitched out into brilliant, unexpected madness. CNN just tried to do their own version, mocking(?) the 2016 election. Why? Read more...
I was recently asked by Gracen Johnson (check out her site here) to elaborate on the possible future of suburbia. How are the suburbs likely to fare over time? This coincided with a city planner friend of mine who asked a more poignant question about the suburban community he helps manage.
Say it ain't snow!, among other cheesy local news headlines. It's probably going to snow in New York City and around Washington D.C. tonight. It won't be much, but it'll be enough to make people act like fools.Read more...
"It’s a difficult time for him. But it ain’t the end of the world. If Hillary can run for president — she went through all that rigmarole. People forget easily."Said Aku Kadogo, the Spelman College Cosby Endowed Professor in the Arts, quoted in the long, fascinating WaPo article "Bill Cosby’s legacy, recast: Accusers speak in detail about sexual-assault allegations.
Ferguson (United States) (AFP) - 05:07 GMT - WELCOME TO AFP'S LIVE REPORT on the ongoing violent protests in the US town of Ferguson where violent protests erupted after a grand jury chose not to press charges against a white officer who shot dead a black teen.
Democrat Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider isn’t on the ballot this year because he represents an even-numbered district. Thus, he’s free to play bomb-thrower for his party this cycle, and the bombs he’s been throwing have to do with efforts to reform the state’s taxes on oil production last session. To hear Schneider tell it,...
"... which I found painfully funny as well as entertaining," said MisterBuddwing, commenting in last night's post about the "metabolic winter" theory. Great commercial. I object to commercials in movie theaters, but if they're going to have them, it's good to be painfully funny and entertaining like that.