Monthly Archives: August 2012

Nostalgic for the future.

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These days it’s hard not to ponder some of the decisions property owners were making to downtowns at the dawn of widespread suburbanization that took place in the 1950s.  The small southern Louisiana city of Thibodaux (population 14,500) has a solid regional university (Nicholls State) a mile to the west of a fairly well-preserved historic …Read more…

Lopsided improvements.

About 36 hours ago I added a new blog post on Urban Indy, which is accessible through this link.  It focuses on some putative improvements to Emerson Avenue on the southeast side of Indianapolis. For many in metro Indy, the south side has a reputation that ranges from neutral to negative.  By some psychological assessments, …Read more…

Barricading a downtown…forever.

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About two years ago on this blog, I glossed over the unusual skyline of Frankfort, Kentucky’s pretty, parochial capital city.   As capitals go, it’s an oddity: one of the least populated out of all 50 (only Vermont, South Dakota, and Maine are smaller); it’s also located less than 60 miles from either of the two …Read more…

Resume internet session.

I encountered some unexpected snags this past week that required me to get my computer repaired.  I now have the computer back with me and will resume a blog article that had been interrupted; this article should be posted within the next couple days.  Thanks for your patience.

Branching out.

I have recently been invited to post for the blog Urban Indy.  As evidenced by the name, it focuses completely on urban and development considerations in my hometown of Indianapolis.  The writing will be a bit more informational and less analytical than my posts here, and they are far more likely to assume pre-existing knowledge …Read more…