January 16, 2019

Why are stories important? According to Joshua Rothman’s New Yorker article, not just to communicate who we are but because they help us come to terms with who we want to be. They help reduce the perceived riskiness of our potentially transformational decisions. Withou...

January 15, 2019

I wish we wrote this - a fascinating dissection of technology’s byproducts comparing it to pollution by Judy Estrin and Sam Gill. It fully encapsulates so many of the ideas I’ve been chewing on lately from a novel perspective. Why is our social fabric wearing thin? Whe...

January 13, 2019

A poignant New Yorker article by Sam Knight about the lost footpaths of England and the people who are working to remap them and keep them public before a 2026 deadline. But underneath that it's about how places and their meanings can get lost right beneath our feet. 


January 12, 2019

Think about how insane your country would be if it had to change its name. It's easy to dismiss it for some small country in southeastern Europe, but names carry real importance and changing them is akin to being reborn - and not always in a way everyone likes.

January 1, 2019


Fascinating read on the return to 19th Century media rules. It seems to me that local media’s struggle to stay solvent in the face of advertising dollars flocking elsewhere is an opportunity for cities to step in and signal to companies and workers how committed they...

December 29, 2018

Check out my opinion piece in the SF Chronicle: We Need a Way to Mourn the Passing of Buildings. (It'll be in print on Sunday)

We're talking nonstop in SF about the need to build more housing, but something's going to have to give way for those new homes. And I guarante...

December 27, 2018

Happy New Year! In 2019 may your city become just like it is now, only more so.

December 20, 2018

More on the suddenly hot topic of the public sphere in restaurants and cafes, this time from Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker, highlighting how classic European cafes were a greenhouse for liberalism and cultural intersection, whereas today "...the point of spending a day...

December 19, 2018

The mismatch between where people live and where they claim they want to live should be a giant red flag for major cities and a beacon of hope for small cities. Even if you discount the grass-is-always-greener dynamic, according to this article Americans are telling us...

December 12, 2018

Visual identity systems for places (logos, flags, etc.) hold a special place in our hearts, since they're shorthand for the personality of a place and how we connect with it. A city sells them out at its own peril. (I'm sure NYC will survive this just fine, however)

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