Category Archives: urban life

Carbon Trace Update

The production of Downtown is now in full swing, and I am, for all practical purposes, working on this project full time until completion. I’m applying for a sabbatical for the fall 2015 semester to make finishing this project a bit easier. Consequently, I’ll be blogging less on Carbon Trace and almost not at all […]

The Whole Newspaper Thing

I cannot remember a time when my family did not subscribe to a print newspaper. My parents took both the morning and evening papers in Wilmington, Delaware — where I grew up. I learned about work, responsibility, and earning money as a paper boy delivering the morning edition. I went to college with the intention […]

Cool Moments

It seems like every time I take a walk around downtown (more than once per day), I run into something interesting. That’s part of the attraction of living in a dense, walkable urban environment. Technorati Tags: Springfield Missouri, urban life

Carbon Trace Takes Next Step Forward

I announced a film project with the working title Urban Boom last May. I’m happy to report that my crew and I have made steady progress during the pre-production phase of the project, and we are now ready to begin shooting some interviews locally this month. We also have an emerging new production company called Carbon Trace […]

The Eternal Season

That would be silly season. You know, that special time of year (two times, really) that one can expect the unexpected on Springfield’s streets because the city is full of new college students operating various vehicles in ways that are, quite often, horrifying and dangerous. Also amusing. I know what I’ll be doing tomorrow: Shooting […]

Lack of Imagination

We have a new pizza joint and a new sports bar opening soon in downtown Springfield. We don’t need either one. We have enough sports bars and pizza joints. We have enough coffee shops, cupcake stores, bars, party venues, art shops, sandwich shops, vapor shops, and hair stylists. What we don’t have is a drug […]

Rhetorical Dichotomies and Urbanism

I’m finding the process of writing a script for a documentary film especially interesting in regard to the canon of invention. Much of the advice I’ve been reading — because I’m a total newb at this — says the most you can do early in the process (the research/pre-production phase) is create a general outline. Invention comes before […]

Bicycling is Such a Hassle

So I’ve been living in a loft in downtown Springfield for a year now. Best. Move. Ever. But there is something odd going on. I don’t use my bicycle quite as much as I used to. Sometimes it seems like a hassle. I mean going to the garage, unlocking it, riding it a couple of blocks, locking […]

Surviving in the Urban Jungle

OMG! We’re number 5! Springfield, Missouri is ranked 5th most dangerous among mid-sized cities, according to some number-crunching by Movoto. This little bombshell dropped on 15 May. I’m only now getting around to mentioning it because … yawn. I feel safe living downtown. I do not feel threatened in this urban environment. The reason for […]

Video Just For Fun in Downtown SGF

Here’s a draft of a little thing I’m working on — entirely produced on the iPhone: The soundtrack is just something I found for free on YouTube. The final version of this will have something more noir 😉 Technorati Tags: Springfield Missouri, urban life, walking

How to Celebrate Earth Day

Live in a place like this… …and use 1/3 the energy of a suburban home. It’s like getting a raise 😉 Technorati Tags: Earth Day, loft living, Springfield Missouri, sustainability

Downtown Needs A Full-time Farmers’ Market

I spend my money downtown. If you want my money, then open your business downtown — or at least in Springfield’s urban core, an easy walk or bicycle ride from downtown. That’s not to say I do not spend money elsewhere. I do because I must in some cases. But I work hard to limit those […]

Perspective

One of these is illegal, considered an eye-sore, and will be removed asap. The other — not so much. Technorati Tags: graffiti, urban art, urban life

What Downtown SGF Needs

(The following is an edited and expanded version of something I wrote last year for another venue.) Next month we’ll mark one year of life in downtown Springfield living in the Union Biscuit Lofts on Market Ave. So my wife and I have had plenty of opportunity to walk the streets and observe the goings-on. We’ve […]

Danger and Difficulty

I gave a luncheon talk at the Midtown Library today about bicycling in traffic as traffic for basic transportation. The big sound-bite: If it were difficult or dangerous, I wouldn’t be doing it. That happens to be entirely true. I’m interested in neither difficulty nor danger. The talk consisted mostly of explaining the rules of […]