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

PARK(ing) Day in Philadelphia, Roots in San Diego

I love PARK(ing) Day because it showcases how quick, cheap, and mobile solutions can vastly improve our quality of life. By reducing vehicle speeds and reclaiming streets as people spaces, these temporary parklets build community and prove that a tiny respites from city life is welcome. Philadelphia's PARK(ing) Day includes 52 businesses, designers, and organizations co-opting… Continue reading PARK(ing) Day in Philadelphia, Roots in San Diego

Using Design to Address Homelessness through Transitional Housing

Last spring Activate14–an outreach initiative I co-founded–jumped on the tiny home craze in an effort to address Raleigh's underserved homelessness community. We wanted to prove our belief that good design is accessible to everyone and can radically change a community. The transition out of homelessness is more successful when services like job training, medical attention, and other support are provided through… Continue reading Using Design to Address Homelessness through Transitional Housing