Category Archives: Community

Take My Computer. Please. (The Case Against Ownership)

Ownership isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. There are many things that we don’t need – or want – to own. And here’s why. Continue reading

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The Distillery: September 28, 2017

Disasters can represent opportunities, especially in avoiding or mitigating future ones. Continue reading

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A Letter to Mayor de Blasio: Don’t forget the environment as a cause of inequality

Environmental initiatives are integral to addressing the “tale of two cities” that Mayor de Blasio campaigned on. Continue reading

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Cities, Community and Sustainable Development

The rapid urbanization of the population is, in many ways, an environmentally positive event. Too often left out, however, is the question of what life in these cities is or will be like. Continue reading

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Before you can make a community resilient, you have to have a community

Increasingly, it seems the path to resiliency is from the bottom up, meaning from individuals and communities. This means we need a re-envisioning of design, both urban and suburban, with an eye toward fostering community. Continue reading

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Density Part 3: Kenneth Jackson’s “Future” of New York

Buried in Jackson’s idea of the future of NYC are two huge and, I believe, mistaken assumptions. Continue reading

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Optimism, Alone, Isn’t Enough

Madeleine Albright describes herself as an “optimist who worries a lot.” That’s part way to a definition of an EcoOptimist. Continue reading

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Density Part 2: Height vs Delight

Does urban density and vitality mean high-rises? Continue reading

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Density: It’s Not the Sky that’s the Limit

Neither density nor height is the best environmental goal for human dwelling. What is? Continue reading

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Community and Sustainability

It’s apparent that a key to sustainability is popular support and participation – buy-in, some call it. Communities enabled by active street life can foster this. From there, “act locally” can become “think globally.” Continue reading

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