A curation of what’s caught my attention over the past week.
What started as a way to reconnect with his past, has led Abraham James to connect with his central Phoenix community in ways he never imagined.
Highlights of what I’ve been reading over the past 5 days.
Christoph Kaiser is helping to rebuilding Garfield one house at a time. Once an epicenter of gang activity and urban blight in Downtown Phoenix, Kaiser‚Äôs houses are now at the heart of Garfield’s resurgence, and among the coolest in Downtown Phoenix.
A selection of my favorite articles and blog posts from the past week.
Park(ing) Day is coming to downtown Phoenix on Friday, September 18th, as community activists, neighborhood leaders and urban planners step up to the curb, put a quarter in the meter, and proceed to transform curbside metered parking spots into temporary public parks.
One of my favorite things about living in an urban environment are the multitude of textures than I come across on a daily basis. Often unseen and unnoticed, the textures of a city form the backdrop in front of which we conduct our lives. Textures makes a significant contribution to the expressive quality of a city. They impact how we relate to specific places, whether it be a distinct address, a neighborhood or an entire metropolitan area. Continue reading
Placemaking: creating a sense of place and a place of sense.
Jane Jacob’s book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, tops the list (fitting as it was itself written by an amateur urbanist)
Barack Obama answers a question from a man about urban renewal in Toledo, Ohio on August 31, 2008.