Tag 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

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

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 […]

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

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]