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  • Part Two: Grieving
    This is Part 2 in an email newsletter series about my move from Brooklyn, NY to Waco, Texas. Read Part 1 here. My first day in Waco, I went on […]
  • Part One: A Surprising Detour
    I originally thought this email newsletter would be about interesting trends, articles and podcasts related to cities. It might grow into that, but for now, I’d like to take a […]
  • In Hospitable Cities, You’re Welcomed by Design
    A few weeks ago, my boyfriend Rob and I were driving back after a long hike in Waco’s beautiful Cameron Park when we spotted a locally owned baked-goods truck a […]
  • Snow Day: Can Your City Pass The “Winter Test”?
    This article originally ran for Strong Towns. Nearly a year ago, just after moving to Waco, Texas, I found myself huddled on the couch with my roommate, wearing every possible […]
  • Building Your Engagement Ladder: Five Practices to Start Advocating for Resilience
    This article originally ran for Strong Towns I first fell in love with cities from reading Jane Jacobs’ book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. I especially resonated […]
  • Rethinking Normal: Five Ways to Explore Your City Without a Car
    As more Americans receive COVID-19 vaccines, “getting back to normal” has become the phrase du jour. But when it comes to the design of our cities and neighborhoods, some city leaders are […]
  • The Importance of Proximity in Community
    This essay originally appeared in Verily Magazine in October, 2021 Roughly a year ago (13 months to be exact), I found myself sitting in the passenger’s seat of a friend’s […]
  • Three ways cars disrupt our sense of place
    At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I lived in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. As August rolled around, I made a spontaneous move and have spent the […]
  • Cities Are for Older People, Too
    We’ve all seen them on our Instagram feed: older people photographed in classy outfits, reading a newspaper, sipping a coffee, or walking with their hands folded behind their back. It […]
  • The Hidden Inequity of Car-Based Design
    Last Christmas, I had a lengthy and interesting debate with my mom about car dependence and the value of living in walkable places. Given her age and various health challenges, […]
  • Three Questions to Ask While Walking Your City
    I’ve written previously about why it probably sucks to walk around your city. But I still think you should do it if you really want to understand the built environment […]
  • Getting Involved in Your City is Tough…But Good for You (3 Reasons)
    The processes that drive community engagement in our cities are broken, so most of us avoid them. They take up a lot of time, involve a dizzying amount of coordination, […]
  • The Cost of Adaptation is Too Damn High
    One of the basic realities about cities is that they change. They change because humans change and keeping pace with this reality is at the heart of urban resilience. Resilient […]
  • 5 Reasons Why Walking Your City (Most Likely) Sucks
    As a traveling journalist, I have walked dozens of cities. I’ve walked the streets of Paris and Rome, the streets of forgotten small towns in the American South. I’ve walked […]
  • Why proximity matters
    The events of 2020 have made it obvious the role that proximity plays in how we experience our cities. The lockdowns of COVID-19 trapped many Americans in their suburban neighborhoods. […]
  • The relationship between urban design and charity
    One of the most well-known Christian parables is the story of the Good Samaritan. When a law expert asks Jesus how to inherit eternal life, Jesus reminds him to keep […]
  • Reading Guide: Setbacks
    Setbacks are one of those design principles that are so obvious in our cities that we don’t even see them. They are a design requirement that forces developers to leave […]