Sprucing up those doggie domains.

I don’t usually devote an entire blog post to describing an update, but, in this case, it’s probably worth while. Over the last few days, for the sake of featuring on Huffington Post, I updated an article I had written on a Jersey City dog park, in the Hamilton Park neighborhood.  My Huffpost version has the

City View Church: an old, urban fedora atop a young, suburban head.

Religious conservatives have bemoaned the perceived encroachment of secularism in this country for decades, manifested most powerfully through surveys over the last few years that reveal an unequivocal rise in religious “Nones”. Credible those these results may be, polls do not always align with on-the-ground manifestations of those surveyed sentiments, as the data collected before

Department store downward spiral: at least the shelves are stocked.

In these lean times, hardly a day goes by that our preferred media outlets don’t promulgate another gloom-and-doom indicator regarding the retail sector: a national chain cutting locations, more chapter 11 filings, an Amazon buyout. A number of syndicates and even some independent outlets have taken a more visual approach, documenting the dire straits of

The Maryland flag: anything but a flop.

Sure, each one of our nation’s fifty states gets two senators to represent its constituents federally through the legislature, and each state claims an individual vote on amendments to the Constitution. But on matters of the House of Representatives, votes for the Electoral College, budget allocations and just about every other consideration, not all states

The modern storefront looks great, but what they sell is just so two-dimensional.

Like many of the satellite cities surrounding Washington DC, Silver Spring offers a dense, active, well-capitalized downtown with a mixture of uses and solid accessibility, thanks to the robust and ever growing DC Metro system.   And the downtown sits just a half-mile from the northwestern corner of the DC boundary, in the prosperous expanses

NJ Chasing News: lurking amidst the zombie malls.

If you live in the NYC media market, I made the local news a few days ago.  The clip is now available on YouTube. NJ Chasing News interviewed me last week, in the wake of the escalating vacancy in malls, both in North Jersey and across the country. I only physically appear briefly (it was a

The dog park: more possibilities than you can shake a stick at.

By this point, they’ve become almost as multifaceted as the dog breeds themselves.  Much like murals, bike lanes, and decorative sidewalk benches, the dog park has become a fundamental amenity in urban settings…and not just the alpha and beta cities. The gamma, delta, and yes, even the communities that many would hesitate to call a

Sprucing up those doggie domains.

I don’t usually devote an entire blog post to describing an update, but, in this case, it’s probably worth while. Over the last few days, for the sake of featuring on Huffington Post, I

The Maryland flag: anything but a flop.

Sure, each one of our nation’s fifty states gets two senators to represent its constituents federally through the legislature, and each state claims an individual vote on amendments to the Constitution. But on