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Are Historically-Black Towns History?

Photo credit: Drew Grimes/WikimediaRecently, I came across two sets of articles about Historically Black towns in Oklahoma and in Missouri. Part as a means of segregation and part as a means of dignity, self-respect and control of the...

Posted April 17, 2014    

Placebook: Loving the Un-Loveable Building

Harrelson Hall, N.C. State UniversityIn honor of returning to my alma mater (the undergraduate one) for our annual PR Day,I wanted to take a moment and talk about its most unusual building. Some of you may think I want to talk about this one. Yes,...

Posted April 12, 2014    

Placebook: Is North Carolina Ready for A Vehicle Mileage Tax?

My car parked. Will it be parked more because of a potential new VMT?Yesterday I linked to an article that mentioned that the NC DOT has decided to study the implementation of a Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT). I thought it was an April Fools joke. I was...

Posted April 11, 2014    

Reflections on Downtown Greensboro as Community Looks at Its Future

On Tuesday April 30, I spent a good bit of time thinking about downtown with a bunch of dignitaries and fellow young leaders. Our civic foundations brought back Richard Flierl of Cooper Carry, The Center for Connective Architecture, who helped the...

Posted May 6, 2013    

The Creative Class: Off the Record and On the Money

Recently, I was chillin’ with some DC artists who were visiting Elsewhere, one of my favorite creative spaces here in Greensboro. Many of the people, who live in a very culturally rich city, had been waiting years for the opportunity to go down and...

Posted April 19, 2013    

Everything I Learned about Place, I Learned on Campus

During my time on campus, placemaking became more than a fantasy. It was ingrained. Let’s be honest here; if we think about how much we walked, shared things, and did all of our major business within a small set of buildings and blocks, we should...

Posted April 5, 2013    

The Case for a Lazy Urbanism: Connecting to Place

I need to be honest. Sometimes I don’t want to write this blog anymore. Yes, I’m in love with the city and the greater sense of place found in all forms of natural and unnatural terrain. However, we all know that just because we love something,...

Posted March 13, 2013    

What If The City Doesn’t Want You Anymore?

A study of urban political systems is a study in the history of cities spitting out or sectioning off their least desirables, namely lower class and people of color of any class. First, it was the gentry of the streetcar era that found they could...

Posted December 9, 2012    

Finding Happiness in the “Generic” City

So I was looking for jobs about six months ago and I came upon my current position through my network of grad school friends. On paper I knew I had what it takes to get the job. I also knew that this was a job that I could grow into and also be...

Posted September 12, 2012    

Prioritizing Human Transport, Outside Of The Box

A human is not a box. However, we still prefer to transport ourselves as such. Then again, we do live in a world, namely in the United States, where corporations are people and those “people” often make things that come in boxes.Yet, we are failing...

Posted August 22, 2012    

The Real Failure of the Creative Class Is the Fear of Failure

Seeing Richard Florida speak at CNU 20 last month, all I could think about was one thing and one thing only:He rated Greensboro, which in addition to being my current city is my hometown, 41 of 49 in his original list of large creative class cities....

Posted June 13, 2012    

Five Ways Government Workers and Officials Are Master Placemakers

On Memorial Day, we celebrate the sacrifice of the many men and women of our Armed Forces that have passed on either in battle or having lived a full civilian life. My PaPa was a World War II veteran and his presence was missed as we gathered around...

Posted May 29, 2012