Expert VCR Repair

Sometimes I look at a place and wonder how it continues to limp along. Expert VCR repair? Hmmmm. VHS or Betamax? Clearly this sleepy 1950’s suburb has managed to drag itself all the way into the 1980’s without ruffling the feathers of its long time residents. Unfortunately, change has come and gone without them. Sony … Continue reading Expert VCR Repair

Soft Infrastructure

What do you do with an aging suburb that can’t compete with either the trendy urban core or newer upscale suburbs? This is the challenge confronting many lackluster communities all across the country. One approach is to reinvent the place with soft infrastructure – otherwise known as… people. An unadorned anonymous 1970’s concrete box turns … Continue reading Soft Infrastructure

Hard Infrastructure

What do you do with an aging 1950’s suburb that can’t compete with newer McMansion communities or vibrant downtown neighborhoods? Many of these places are declining along with the bifurcating and contracting American middle class. But these towns could be reinvented as the ultimate sweet spot for a new generation on a limited budget. The … Continue reading Hard Infrastructure

DIY Urbanism

Over the years I’ve belonged to a variety of different organizations that had the ostensible goal of accomplishing X or Y. At a certain point I would realize that all anyone was doing was exercising their fears and frustrations. Most of all they were trying to stop other people from doing things they didn’t like. … Continue reading DIY Urbanism