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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 couple […]

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 going […]

Hong Kong Street Life Video

Technorati Tags: Hong Kong, urban design, urban life

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. […]

Like The No-Driving Thing

Not that I was tipsy or anything, but it’s nice to be able to walk home from happy hour during weather events Technorati Tags: downtown, Springfield Missouri, walking, weather

Vacancy

It’s been a tough week for downtown business news in Springfield. Coyote’s Sports Bar / Mille’s Cafe is closing and Modern Society Apparel  is moving south.   Technorati Tags: Springfield Missouri

Downtown Naples in 23 Seconds

I found some good examples of walkability in downtown Naples, Florida as described by Jeff Speck in his book Walkable City. Here are 23 seconds: A Very Short Walk in Naples from acline on Vimeo. Technorati Tags: urban design, walking

Great Things Coming in 2015

My sabbatical application was approved, so that means by mid-May 2015 I’ll be working on the Downtown documentary full-time until January 2016. Deadline for a finished, 90-minute feature: 31 December. I’ll be in Naples, Florida for a couple of weeks starting on 28 December. I’m planning to do some filming there. Thanks to everyone who […]

Tax-Deductibility Has Arrived!

I’ll bet you need to make just one more tax-deductible donation to round out your 2014 tax situation. Well, I have just the thing. Click here to make a donation to my student-led documentary film project called “Downtown.” In case you missed it, you’ll find details here. In other Carbon Trace news: I have changed […]

Art and Tourists In Asheville

The list of largest employers in Asheville, North Carolina reads like most small cities in the U. S. — the usual suspects being education, health systems, and government at various levels and functions. But with my feet finally on the ground in downtown (with the arrival of better weather), it’s clear to me that tourism […]

Visiting Asheville, NC

I’m in Asheville, North Carolina for a few days visiting my daughter who goes  to school at Warren Wilson College. I’m also shooting b-roll for Downtown and exploring the city. From a downtown perspective, Asheville feels twice the size of Springfield, yet is is half the size — even though it has a mall and sprawl y’all. […]