Repairing Downtowns with Kennedy Lawson Smith

As we approach Halloween, I'm reminded that there are few things spookier than a dead mall. My family's got one in their town. I have memories of that place bustling with colors and activity when I was a kid - the shop with ridiculously large decorated cookies on display, PacSun with its racks of sunglasses so incongruous with … Continue reading Repairing Downtowns with Kennedy Lawson Smith

Book Review: Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities

I know I live in a community because on a Friday night it takes me 45 minutes and two beers to get from the parking lot to my front door. - Trudeslund resident quoted in Creating Cohousing. Nearly two decades after the show ended, I still find myself referencing moments from Northern Exposure. In an … Continue reading Book Review: Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities

Nouveau Ninth

I just returned from the International Studies Conference in New Orleans last weekend. While there, M. and I took a tour of the city and the still very noticeable effects of Katrina. Amidst all the empty lots and vacant homes of the Lower 9th Ward, all these little funky, colorful houses are popping up: homes … Continue reading Nouveau Ninth