Mapping the Solar Menace in Woodland, NC

Mapping the Solar Menace in Woodland, NC

Have you heard about that town in NC that rejected solar power because it would soak up too much sun and might give people health problems? Well...It turns out they're surrounded by industrial hog farms.  Kind of makes the whole "speculative health impacts of solar power" a little bit of a moot point.

Is the Automobile Earth's Dominant Life Form?

Is the Automobile Earth's Dominant Life Form?

Following up my Thanksgiving post about parking on Strong Towns, I take a deeper look at how much parking an American city contains. How much pavement is reasonable? How much can we afford? Would a visitor from another planet be baffled by the immense space we dedicate to our cars?

Comparing Urban Footprints

This gallery is designed to compare the footprints of different American cities at the same scale using satellite imagery. Slide through the thumbnails at the bottom of each image to choose up to four to compare. You can also view each city as a gallery and explore land cover data in greater detail.

CNU23 Session: Reaching Out to Conservatives

CNU23 Session: Reaching Out to Conservatives

One of the most interesting sessions at CNU23 asked what the role is for conservatives in New Urbanism. Does good design, like good data, transcend political factionalism? Is urbanism perceived as undesirable or unfriendly to conservatives, even when it aligns with their values? Inspired by this discussion, I decided to share my own take, borrowing from the wisdom of both American founding fathers and a long-march communist. 

McHarg Revisited

McHarg Revisited

In preparing for his talk at the 2015 GeoDesign Summit Joe reread Design With Nature by Ian McHarg. In doing so he found new inspiration from McHarg's insights. To Joe's excitement over Design With Nature I can personally attest given his daily emails sharing a new quote. In this post he shares some of McHarg's most striking observations and points out how he was either a man before his time, or how we in the present are still stuggling to catch up. 

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

NC has an abundance of transplants from upstate NY. They tell stories about the awful winters up north but I suspect they are secretly homesick. A rare snow-day in NC seemed like a good excuse to revisit my fascination with the City of Buffalo. Join me as I delve into topics such as snow-envy, transit, demographics, and breakfast cereal.