Category: Urban Living

As more young people are drawn to urban cores, the topic of urban living becomes increasingly popular. It includes subjects like mass transit, bike infrastructure, Complete Streets, climate change adaptation, homelessness and workforce housing. Living in a city has unique challenges but also loads of benefits. Read some of my essays about city life.

Five Days in Havana: Part Four

Five Days in Havana: Part Four

This post will be the last in my Havana series. In it, I’ll discuss my observations of life in Havana and Cuba. Entry Customs in Cuba was a breeze, but once through, the airport was chaotic. Customs deposits you outside where loads of people line up to greet their loved ones upon arrival. I was …

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Five Days in Havana: Part Three

Five Days in Havana: Part Three

In this post, I’ll discuss public art in Havana, Cuba. If you’re visiting this post on your cell phone coming from Facebook, be sure to swipe left through photo groups when you see the bouncing right-facing arrow. Public Art in Havana If you read my last post, you can imagine that there isn’t much “official” …

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Five Days in Havana: Part Two

Five Days in Havana: Part Two

In this post, I will examine the public spaces in Havana, Cuba. Public Spaces Communism is a very utilitarian form of government. The dictionary definition of communism is “a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and …

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Five Days in Havana: Part One

Five Days in Havana: Part One

When I travel, my goal is to wander aimlessly in a city to see how the local people live. Since I’m an urban planning wonk and this blog is about urban living, that’s what I focus on in my travel blogs. This post is the first in a series about my trip to Havana, Cuba. …

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Florida Bugs

Florida Bugs

Before I moved to Florida, my northern friends always told me they would never move to Florida because of the bugs. I moved down more than a decade ago, and while I’ve dealt with my share of critters, I never felt overwhelmed by them… until this year. In the past, I’ve dealt with your average crazy …

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We need nature more than nature needs us

We need nature more than nature needs us

How we benefit both economically and intrinsically from the presence of and our interactions with nature. One of my favorite sounds in the whole wide world is the sound of bird calls. The bird call that makes me happiest of all is the call of the Barred Owl. When I lived up north, I would lay in bed …

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Owning a car after not owning a car

Owning a car after not owning a car

As you may have noticed, it’s been a while since I’ve shared a post. A lot of things have changed in my life since then, not the least of which is owning a car. How did I come to own a car? Well, I’m going to tell you. For those who don’t know, I’ve been self employed for …

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The Art of Conversation

The Art of Conversation

I have an uncanny ability to talk to anyone. From farmer to lawyer, from student to teacher, from mechanic to millionaire – I can have an interesting conversation with just about anyone. Conversations are a great way to learn about the world and foster a sense of community with those around you. That is why I have honed …

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We’re all in this together so don’t be a douche

We’re all in this together so don’t be a douche

WARNING: Rant with harsh language I just attended one of the most amazing musical performances I have ever witnessed. It was The Indigo Girls playing with a full orchestra on the stage of the Mahaffey Theater here in St. Petersburg, Florida. Every song was a dramatic journey from start to finish. It was enchanting, and I was …

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Why I’m Moving away from Rutland

Why I’m Moving away from Rutland

You’ve probably heard by now that I’m moving away from Rutland back to St. Petersburg, Florida. I’m sure this caused you to make all sorts of assumptions and jump to all sorts of conclusions. I’m writing this post to set the record straight. No, I do not hate Rutland. In fact, Rutland has little to do …

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