Tagged With: urban planning

How placemaking can influence personal transformation

  I’ve written a lot about issues of urban planning and placemaking. Mostly this is because this is an area of obsession fascination with me and I find myself having lots to say on the topic. But still, as this site has the tag line of “Practical Strategies for Sticking It To The Man” a … Continue reading »

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How to handle when your neighborhood changes

  Portland is known as a hotbed of urban progressiveness, but it’s surrounded by some fairly rural and conservative areas. Drive out toward the edge of the urban growth boundary, and the Subarus and Priuses (Priii?) will be replaced by muddy pickup trucks. The urban/rural divide here is very pronounced. But everyone lives in their … Continue reading »

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Your right to park on your street

  There are big changes in my area of Portland, changes that mirror a lot of areas of the country. One of the thoroughfares, Division St., is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Once populated by auto-supply stores, dive bars, and other vestiges of the “Old Portland”, much of these buildings have been replaced with 3-4 story … Continue reading »

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Greedy Lying Bastards, or how not to make a difference

  I had the pleasure of seeing Greedy Lying Bastards recently, the new documentary from local filmmaker Craig Rosebraugh about the climate change denial industry. I knew with a name like “Greedy Lying Bastards” that it wasn’t likely to be an even-handed, balanced treatment of the subject matter (and so it proved), but as I … Continue reading »

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