Tag Archives: Springfield Missouri

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 a […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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


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

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 […]

Our Indiegogo Campaign Is Live!

Check out our Indiegogo campaign for Downtown. Technorati Tags: Springfield Missouri

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 […]