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Downtown: A New American Dream

The documentary is done(ish)! DOWNTOWN: A New American Dream premieres this Saturday at 1:00 at The Moxie. This is the final rough cut of the film. We have a few minor things to fix before we begin submitting it to film festivals. Technorati Tags: Springfield Missouri, urban design, urban life, Urban Planning, walking

Sadly, Springfield Makes This List

Lists are necessarily simplistic, but that doesn’t mean lists are without value. On this one, Springfield lands at number 10, and it points up problems we are quite well aware of. The question is, what are we going to do about (from American Fact Finder): Poverty rate: 26.4% Poverty rate for children under 18: 34.7% Education, bachelor’s […]

Dollars = Votes

You’ve heard this argument before about dollars equaling votes, i.e. spending your money on a thing is a vote for that thing. And not only a vote for the thing (broadly understood), but also a vote for the business or service selling the thing and the company, country, and system manufacturing or otherwise providing the thing. […]

Shared Spaces — A Documentary Short

Here’s the full, final version of Shared Spaces: Shared Spaces from acline on Vimeo. Technorati Tags: downtown, urban design, urban development, urban life, Urban Planning

Carbon Trace Update

Our documentary short Shared Spaces will screen for the first time this Wednesday evening at 7:00 at The Moxie. And it is one of 47 films chosen to screen at the New Urbanism Film Festival next month in Los Angeles. The Carbon Trace Productions team is busy editing the Downtown documentary. Our plan is to […]

Carbon Trace Update

Blogging has been slow lately and is likely to stay that way through the fall. But that’s good news! 🙂 My Downtown project is moving ahead on schedule. That means we’re approaching the post-production phase. I’ll be on sabbatical this fall to finish the film. Deadline: 31 December. Two weeks from now we will have […]

On Panhandling and Kairos

I’m happy to report that my documentary film project called Downtown is on schedule for completion in December. I’m finishing up cataloging the interviews this week ahead of writing the script. Two themes have emerged from the interviews: diversity and density. These themes have been consistent with our sources from the local level to the […]

The AARP Livability Score

So I plugged my address into the AARP Livability Index and discovered that downtown Springfield is rather mediocre. Hmmmm… I’m not at all sure I’d score this place as low as 60, but then I’m invested in living here and make it work. I’m even enjoying it 🙂 One index in particular drags down a […]

Ahead of the Influx

Sky Eleven, the Sterling, and Heer’s will all be finished soon. While Sky Eleven and Sterling will cater primarily (although not exclusively) to students, Heer’s is expected to attract adults. In any case, these three projects will dramatically increase the population living within two blocks of Park Central Square rather soon. The question now is, […]

Living, More or Less

Sometimes I can’t resist an overly-cute headline that’s more tricky than informative. I’m also fond of backing into my points 🙂 So, my wife and I are rapidly approaching two full years living downtown in the loft we joking call Vandelay. It seems like a good time to process the experience a bit (more). I’m […]

Hong Kong Street Life Video

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Hong Kong Part 2: Bicycling

Bicycling in Hong Kong? Not so much. (Qualification: I walked Honk Kong central/west and the area of Kowloon from Mong Kok south. So it’s possible I missed something.) Most of the few people I saw riding bicycles appeared to be delivering something. Parking? Forget it. So people lock to anything they can find. Lane control. […]

Take the OTO Transportation Survey

The Ozarks Transportation Organization is gathering public input on transportation projects. Click here to take the survey. Two disappointing things: 1. Many of the projects listed in the survey involve increasing capacity by widening roads. The problem: It doesn’t work. Increasing capacity does not ease congestion. This fact has been well established (although you can […]

Hong Kong Part 1: Mixed-Use Urbanism

Here’s a picture I took in the Mong Kok neighborhood of Kowloon in Hong Kong. I’m standing on a second-story walkway that’s part of the Bird Market and Garden. Just across the street is the Mong Kok Soccer Stadium. You can see the Flower Market below. And above the Flower Market is apartments — several stories […]

Big City

I’ll be in Hong Kong next week doing the thing I usually do when I visit a city: walk, ride transit, eat/drink local, watch people, and wander about. I’m not much for seeing “sights” such as museums. I’m more into seeing the whole of a city as one big sight filled with a never-ending street drama. […]