Observations from Wandering Cities

In 2015, I attended the Growing in Place conference in Raleigh, NC to address how children can learn and play in urban environments: How can urban design expose and restore urban nature so children and youth engage with compelling, equitable places for creative play and learning? How can nonformal education in nature enrich playful learning… Continue reading Observations from Wandering Cities

Take the Mobile Device Dependency Quiz.

Do you suffer from Mobile Device dependency? My smartphone is a curse and I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. Take the test to see if you have a problem relationship with your mobile device:  What's your score? Swap out "Mobile Device" with "Alcohol" and that's the same test medical professionals… Continue reading Take the Mobile Device Dependency Quiz.

Networking isn’t Sales

The goal of networking is to build relationships and facilitate connections between others. It is not to sell products or services.  Too often in my formal and informal networks, a coffee meetup suddenly turns into a sales pitch, a loose circle folks of is pushed into a sales funnel, or an online group is bombarded… Continue reading Networking isn’t Sales

No More Amazon.

My 2018 Resolution is NO AMAZON. To all the "urbanists" who think an Amazon HQ2 would be awesome for their city -- you're wrong. The richest man in the world is treats his employees like garbage, manipulates cities into giving away a much-needed tax base, and is waging a scorched price war. It's terrible for… Continue reading No More Amazon.

Philly Monuments

I added my voice to Philadelphia's monument conversation in PlanPhilly's "Eyes on the Street" segment, which is discussing "What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” My essay here: Mural Arts' Monument Lab wants to know, “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” It’s a great question, but I want… Continue reading Philly Monuments

Disaster Capitalism and Gentrification

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose will forever change the trajectory of Houston, Key West, and other coastal towns. Disaster paves the way for radical capitalist economic policy, from development to war to charter schools. Don't you know what happened in New Orleans after Katrina? As you think about the cost of recovery, policy implementation, and… Continue reading Disaster Capitalism and Gentrification