Technically, a hiatus.

Readers have already witnessed a longer-than-usual delay since my last post; unless things radically change in the next 48 hours, that delay may continue.  My computer is ancient and basically unusable (I can’t get basic MS Office programs to function), so while I investigate the problem further, I’m forced to type my entries directly into

Takoma Park, DC’s preferred prodigal suburb, takes al fresco to the streets.

Looking out the window from inside a café in Takoma Park, Maryland, patrons get astraightforward view of the café’s al fresco diners.Nothing too remarkable about the image at first blush, beyond the unusually high level of care afforded to separating the seating from the sidewalk. Not only does the dining space feature attractive, movable wrought

Our fathers’ founding food court.

A recent visit to a popular attraction in northern Virginia revealed an unexpected little food court.Though it looks pretty lifeless from the photo, I don’t think it was struggling; I caught it right before the end of the business day, so things were winding down. Needless to say, this food court boasts plenty of sunlight

A construction staging area and a sidewalk: never a healthy pairing, but sometimes the treatment is worse than the disease.

For most of the 21st century, and certainly in the last ten years (since the Great Depression) the majority of American downtowns have enjoyed a reinvestment no longer measured merely in spruced-up old façades. The cranes, dozers and other construction equipment are all the evidence one needs. People are returning to central business districts, in

Technically, a hiatus.

Readers have already witnessed a longer-than-usual delay since my last post; unless things radically change in the next 48 hours, that delay may continue.  My computer is ancient and basically unusable (I can’t

Our fathers’ founding food court.

A recent visit to a popular attraction in northern Virginia revealed an unexpected little food court.Though it looks pretty lifeless from the photo, I don’t think it was struggling; I caught it right