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
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.
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
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
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
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
Before leaving Raleigh, a conversation emerged around bringing a major-league sports team to the capitol city. Several people–all men–thought a football or basketball stadium near the amphitheater would be THE BEST THING EVER. Let me tell you why it’s not: 1. Stadiums are dead zones. The NBA plays 41 home games per year, the MLB has… Continue reading The Case Against Major-League Sport Stadiums in Urban Areas