Quote of the day

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” ~Native American Proverb

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Changing Planning Perspective

What if all planning decisions were made from the sidewalk? I mean literally, from the sidewalk. Like modern day inspectors, our planners and respective planning commissioners should walk the site, the neighborhood, perhaps knock on a few doors, and then make recommendations.

Broken Windows in OKC

You have no doubt heard of the broken windows theory.  Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani made the phrase almost a kitchen table concept that had American cities fronting new battles with unions and labor associations as they all tried to get cops of the cars and…

Out Of The Mouths of Tourists

Walking through Bricktown today I spotted a couple of folks taking pictures of the Devon Tower from inside of Bricktown.  The tower was especially stunning today with the blue skies and white puffy clouds reflecting back down upon OKC.I took the opportunity to remark on…

Apathetic Citizen

Oh, no sir. I’m not apathetic.  I am quite passionate about what I believe and work very hard to further that cause.  Just because I dislike bigoted speeches and distortion-rooted politics and wont attend your meeting doesn’t mean I lack vision and purpose for my…

COTPA goes mobile

Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA) has unveiled an iPhone and Android application.  I just downloaded the Android app to my DROID and gave it a once over.  It currently only has the number 13 and the number 5 routes showing.  Not sure if…

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Being Honest About Walking

There are a lot of articles out there, especially this time of year, that attempt to address the issue of fitness in our society.  Most are pretty simplistic — eat less, exercise more — and some even attempt to blame bad genes.David Frum said yesterday…

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The City as a Stage

No one believes that people want to live in a crappy town. I just believe that too often we fail to show others what is possible.  And when we attempt to inspire, the goals tend to be about programming (what people will be doing) rather…

Speak Up

One thing I am troubled with increasingly in America is the lack of participation with government at the local level.  I get it if we are busy, which we all are.  But one excuse I keep hearing bothers me and I wanted to address it….

An Argument Against Walkability

Houston, we have a problem.  In our efforts to identify and solve a serious crisis in this country, we have held up places, neighborhoods, and communities against the light of so-called walkability.  But in the process we have, ironically, diminished our ability to provide citizens with…