Monthly Archives: June 2009

The “Great Urban Debate”

It was interesting to watch. On June 18 at the Central Library, civic leaders Gordon Price of Vancouver and Peter Steinbrueck of Seattle debated the merits of the two cities’ built environments, each arguing as mandated for the other’s city. CR Douglas, possibly the smartest person … Continue reading

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When you’re in a hole, start digging?

Early this year I wrote a post based on a quote from John Maynard Keynes, the famous British economist of the last century. Keynes had an idea about filling a hole with bottles filled with money, covering the hole over … Continue reading

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Meeting promises

Do what you say you’ll do. Whatever your business, there’s a good starting point for success. I’ve had two stark lessons in this as a retail customer recently. In both cases, the businesses are large, respected Downtown establishments I want to support … Continue reading

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Turning the ‘urbs’ inside out?

The concept of “urbs” and “suburbs” is one that we’ve lived with in the United States since the end of World War II. It might be time to rethink these categories or get rid of them all together. In an … Continue reading

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