Sunday, October 09, 2005

Back in Business

I'm back to my pre-summer posting schedule, which is to say, rather infrequently. However, I encourage you to check out the New West Side page for a radio interview and information on getting ready for winter. Also, Wednesday November 2 will be a City Council candidate debate at the Michigan League.

The New York Times today had two features on New Orleans and Katrina, one by Nicolai Ourosoff on the city's pumps and pumpmen during the storm; one in the NYT magazine by Moneyball Michael Lewis, who returned to his hometown of NOLA right after Katrina hit. I don't have much to say except that this topic continues to interest me very much. I also think it is a terrible mistake to rebuild in the below-sea-level parts of the city. Most of that development was a 20th century phenomenon, wherein politicians, plannners, and engineers thought that humans could win against nature. You can't. Stop trying.

Two quick notes: Soon I'll have an ode to Sanborn maps, one of the greatest documentary aids to historians of the urban built environment. And check out the hippy city in California that imposed strict no-growth restrictions and became a town for millionaires. Sound familiar?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Murph said...

Dude, that town just sounds creepy...

Though possibly accurate - I was talking to somebody working for a developer-to-remain-unnamed the other day, who said that A2 had recently imposed new rules/fees on water hookups that were going to push up the cost of the development by $30k / unit.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

creepy doesn't even begin to describe it. Someone should write a dystopian novel describing it, ASAP.

11:04 PM  

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