Eventful: From Block Parties to Golf Outings

My block party morphed from the traditional potluck into a paid affair.  For the two plus decades I’ve lived here, we alternated one side of the street bringing appetizers and the other bringing entrees.  I’ll admit it was always a gamble, usually resulting in an overabundance of pasta salads. Still, I was shaken when the…

Local Economies Should Make the Short List

A consultant listed four of the most pressing issues in our community:  education, housing, food security and transportation. Because people do not have equitable access to these four intrinsic needs, he said, people’s access to livelihood, opportunity and quality of life are threatened. Yet missing from this list of top things we were to care…

Organic Growth vs Intentional Development

Saturday morning’s iGov session was a gift to those of us wishing we were still in grad school:  a somewhat academic but intriguing overview of urban planning, values-based economic development and the role of community engagement in designing plans and strategies to direct growth, investment and density.  The workshop provided both context and commentary on…

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like…

Holiday Decor.  It has been one of our most straightforward yet challenging projects this year.  You’ll know in a month if we succeeded. Most retailers count on the holiday season for up to 30% of their annual sales.  The number is higher for small boutiques.  To attract customers, shop owners rely on their own marketing,…