Tag Archives: urban life

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 going […]

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 […]

Urban Boom: A Documentary Film

From: Carbon Trace Productions and The Rhetorica Network The Baby Boomers were children of the post-war suburbs and raised their own children in the sprawling communities at the edges of American cities. Owning an individual home outside of a city has long been an essential part of the American Dream. That dream is changing. The […]

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


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 […]