Category Archives: urban life

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

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 […]

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

Technorati Tags: Hong Kong, urban design, urban life

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

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

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. […]