Junk Yards and Successful Neighborhoods: A Directional Problem

“Successful city districts are never dotted with junk yards, but that is not why these districts are successful.  It is the other way around.  They lack junk yards because they are successful.” ~ Death & Life, pg. 301 I think we sometimes have a directional problem when we think about economics.  Do economies go into recession … More Junk Yards and Successful Neighborhoods: A Directional Problem

Neighborhoods, Diversity and Mixed Uses

“American downtowns are not declining mysteriously, because they are anachronisms, nor because their users have been drained away by automobiles.  They are being witlessly murdered, in good part by deliberate policies of sorting out leisure uses from work uses, under the misapprehension that this is orderly city planning.” ~ Death & Life, 223 Now we … More Neighborhoods, Diversity and Mixed Uses


“In real life, only from the ordinary adults of the city sidewalks do children learn – if they learn it at all – the first fundamental of successful city life: People must take a modicum of public responsibility for each other even if they have no ties to each other.  This is a lesson nobody … More Responsibility