Is gentrification just the natural ebb and flow of people in cities or can its negative effects be curtailed? And what can one person do about it?Read more "The Big Question: To Gentrify or Not To Gentrify?"
Two years since it went live, we’ve had time to watch the streetcar play out and read endless reaction pieces, so I thought I’d reflect a little as well.Read more "Reflections: The Rise of the Modern American Streetcars"
“Development without displacement.”Read more "“No Bad Days,” Down at 787 Windsor"
Until recently, one of the (many) jobs I held was that of a construction worker, specifically installing shelves in libraries. It was not a very fun or rewarding job (as you can imagine) but it did give me the opportunity to see a lot of different areas in the Atlanta region, from up in Alpharetta […]Read more "“Building for the Future,” One Library At A Time"
A little background: I spent 2014 writing for a website based in London called “The Urban Times,” where I reported and wrote on environmental issues, technology, urban development, international policy, and current events. I also dabbled in more editorial styles of writing. Unfortunately, “The Urban Times” shuttered in December 2014 and the site finally went […]Read more "Flashback: The Urban/Suburban Divide As Seen Through Cafés"
Let’s be honest.Read more "Does Atlanta Really Need 68 Miles of Streetcars?"
“Avalon:” A legendary country covered by fruit trees and clean cut glades of grass, where King Arthur found Excalibur and later became his retreat in times of trouble. According to what little record was left, this place of wealth and wellbeing required a sea voyage to reach, leaving its true location up to speculation and […]Read more "Walking in Avalon: A New Direction For Alpharetta?"
For the future of Turner Field, take a lesson from the past. Bring Atlanta Streets Alive (& walkability) to Georgia Ave and let Summerhill shine.Read more "For Turner Field Neighborhood’s Future, Look To Its Past"
Three years ago, I attended a conference hosted by the Livable Communities Coalition, then still a part of the Atlanta Regional Commission. It was a day long affair of presentations and discussions, with one led by famous author and city planner Jeff Speck. My favorite part of the event came towards the end of the […]Read more "Walkabout With PEDS & Amanda Rhein, MARTA’s Director of TOD"
You can learn a lot about a place just from sitting and listening to the people on the streets.Read more "A Look At The People Walking By & The Week Ahead"