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landuse thread - Altamont shuts windmills for bird migration

 
 
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 22 Jul, 2005 03:26 pm
Polar base on skis -
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4693409.stm
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 30 Jul, 2005 10:39 am
from LA Downtown News -
this on an inner city arts school with all students living below poverty line and a third of them homeless -

http://www.ladowntownnews.com/articles/2005/08/01/news/news04.txt
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realjohnboy
 
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Reply Sat 30 Jul, 2005 02:56 pm
Thanks, osso, for the link to the story on LA's Inner City Arts and Bob Bates. He is, without a doubt an energetic, charismatic person.
A couple of lines in the article you cited struck me:
--A facility that could pass for..(a) well funded private arts academy
--"We are here to empower these children..."
--Prompted by the elimination of arts education in the public schools...
(t)oday 8,000 students a year funnel through the center
--Standardized test scores have improved for...students.

All of that is great, and the project is benefiting from a lot of donations.

And I reckon that is where I get uncomfortable. I am reminded of the chuches that raise and spend millions of dollars building huge edifices (for "the glory of god") when maybe they should be tending to the needs of the people. Is a 40,000 sq foot theatre the most critical need? Or would an old warehouse building of similar size be useful as a place where another few thousand LA kids get to dip their hands into finger paint.

Someday the generous donors are going to move on to other causes. Someday Mr Bates will retire and die. I hope that this program doesn't lose its focus.
You know me well enough, osso, to appreciate that I am not a cynical old f*rt. I thought about this post for several hours and have tried to express this as evenly as I could. I admire Mr Bates and wish him well. I just hope that the dollar signs don't cause them to lose their direction.

-johnboy-
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 30 Jul, 2005 03:20 pm
I understand your concern...
the LA Downtown News provides a lot of articles that write of the increasing energy going on in long depressed parts of the downtown area. One can envision some future economic forces that would impel other use of the existing facility and proposed theater. The same issue of Downtown News has an article about the remodel and re use of an old theater on Broadway...

Still, we can hope they leave a heritage of some kind of financial foundation that is protective against a change of mode for the arts school. As it is, it's an impressive story..
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realjohnboy
 
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Reply Sat 30 Jul, 2005 06:32 pm
I concede the point. osso, just gently expressing my concern that they may be straying from their true mission. This project involves, for the most part, private money rather than taxpayers' money. I read a book lately (which, alas I can't remember the title or author of right now) about the history of broken promises and unfulfilled dreams of publically funded sports stadiums that were supposed to revitalize blighted urban areas. Almost all have been failures.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 30 Jul, 2005 07:54 pm
Well, I meant literally some foundation like the Barnes Foundation or other funding systems with strict rules. I am a financial fool, so I'm really just blathering.
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realjohnboy
 
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Reply Sat 30 Jul, 2005 08:25 pm
blatther away, osso. To an audience of one, perhaps, but to a very appreciative audience of one.
I recently responded to a question from someone named Wong regarding the valuation of the the Chinese currency (the yuan) vs the U.S. dollar. I wrote 15 paragraphs about the subject (which I know enough about to be dangerous). I found it stimulating to try to explain it all in words that a person unfamiliar with economics (and perhaps the English language) could understand. I was delighted when a third person joined in.

Please keep your observations coming about all things architecture.
-johnboy-
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 30 Jul, 2005 08:32 pm
This may be the site's least popular long term thread, heh!! I find a lot of the articles interesting and it beats posting individual theads for each piece.


Have a good evening, JohnBoy.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2005 02:29 pm
Slide show and essay by Witold Rybczynski at Slate - on
a new star architect:

(click on LAUNCH button under photo, and then click on the photos...)

http://www.slate.com/id/2123480



to see more architecture articles, look at the lower part of the page of this link.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 3 Aug, 2005 12:21 pm
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/02/AR2005080201730.html?referrer=email&referrer=email

Note - the Washington Post require registration to read their articles

Quoting part of the article -

Chevy Chase Plans Pause in Building To Stave Off March of the Mansions

By Cameron W. Barr
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 3, 2005; Page B05


The Town of Chevy Chase, a wealthy enclave of 1,032 homes in Montgomery County, is preparing to adopt a six-month building moratorium that proponents say will give the town time to craft a response to "mansionization."

The incorporated town's five-member council unanimously agreed last week that a freeze on demolitions, new construction and substantial renovations was necessary. Yesterday, town lawyers released a draft ordinance that might be voted on as early as Aug. 10. Opponents are pondering lawsuits and said the town is infringing on property rights.
Gregory Bitz says his plan to develop the empty lot next to his house in Chevy Chase is in danger because of the proposed building moratorium. He says he opposes "any action that takes away from freedom in this country." (By Andrea Bruce -- The Washington Post)

The town joins other jurisdictions in the Washington region that are considering efforts to address widespread complaints about oversized homes. Montgomery is debating a measure to change the way residential building heights are calculated and to reduce maximum height from 35 to 30 feet in the southern part of the county. Arlington County is looking at legislation that would lessen the extent to which certain residential lots can be covered by buildings, driveways and other structures.

The fight over "McMansions" is a classic struggle between the values of the community and the rights of individual property owners. One side says it is striking a blow for "scale" and "neighborhood character" as the other raises freedom's banner.

Gregory Bitz, a town resident, financial planner and majority owner of what is considered the last open lot in the town, said this week that he opposes the moratorium and "any action that takes away from freedom in this country." He said his plan to sell and develop the $1 million lot is jeopardized by the prospective moratorium.

In urban areas and such built-up suburbs as Chevy Chase, clashes over mansionization are hard to escape and hard to regulate. They are most likely to emerge in expensive communities -- the median household income in the town was $160,000 in 2000 -- where property owners have the means to renovate, add on or rebuild and where developers see great potential profits in doing so.

"There is no opportunity to increase the housing stock in the town. The only opportunity is to upgrade and replace the housing stock," said Joseph Rubin, a town resident and real estate agent who opposes the demolition ban.

But whether a new or renovated house is in keeping with those in the neighborhood is largely a matter of perspective.

"One person's mansionization is another person's revitalization, which is what makes this issue so hard to resolve," said Montgomery County Planning Board Chairman Derick P. Berlage. He said the board has declined to act on several proposals regarding mansionization in recent years.

end of quote
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 7 Aug, 2005 06:19 pm
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.08/u2.html?pg=1&topic=u2&topic_set=
Megatours as mobile architecture

http://www.sundayherald.com/50974
High Rise Buildings

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20050801/pixelroller.html
High Tech Paint Roller
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realjohnboy
 
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Reply Sun 7 Aug, 2005 07:55 pm
Good evening, osso, from your always attentive audience. The article on the touring band was interesting and the paint roller story was just plain strange.
But the story about high-rises intrigued me. You linked to a story in the "Sunday Herald." My first problem was figuing out where that paper was, but I eventually figured out it was in Edinburg, Scotland.
Johnboy spent a fair amount of time there, and also in Glasgow. Two very different cities back in the mid 1970's.
My initial feeling was that the article was not that all very well written, and that was a problem for me. But I got over that.
High rises, he noted, are nothing new in Europe and they were pretty dreadful, dreary places. High rises in the US are sleek and glassy whether for offices, hotels or homes, but still, somehow, sterile. (johnboy concedes that, except for the time he spent in a hotel room on the 77th floor in NYC, he rarely gets above three).
There is no denying, in my opinion, that we have to build up. We can't just keep going out into the suburbs with more and more sprawl.
The challenge for the new generation of architects, landscape architects, urban planners and interior designers will be to come up with ideas such that the high-rise is visually and physically attractive from the outside.
Inside, it shouldn't be floor after floor of repetitive design.

Keep posting, osso. You might want to change the title again to something more sexy. But I have no ideas. -rjb--
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 27 Aug, 2005 11:54 am
Some more topics I've run across in my ArchNewsNow.com newletter --


http://www.theslatinreport.com/top_story.jsp?StoryName=0815halprin.txt&Topic=Place&fromPage=
Slatin Report on Lucasfilm development at Presidio - San Francisco


http://washington.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2005/08/22/editorial4.html?t=printable
What's wrong with cities?


http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,367335,00.html
Recycling concrete from apartment block housing blight in east Berlin


http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,11710,1544534,00.html
Foodie Heaven in Barcelona
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realjohnboy
 
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Reply Sat 27 Aug, 2005 09:33 pm
Good evening, osso. I read through all of the links you posted. The one that intrigued me was the Washington Business article entitled "What's Wrong With Cities?" Perhaps you could retitle your topic to just that one issue, with the link to that article.

I wrote, but then deleted, my thoughts on gas being $2.50 a gallon. Perhaps, if we get some response, I will explain why the "correct" price should be around $4.00 a gallon.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 31 Aug, 2005 12:43 pm
I tried that for the last few days and am putting land use thread back in the title..

I think part of the problem is that I only give links and not article quotes, and don't really start discussion myself. I guess I'm tuckered out after reading a mass of articles from which these are selected. Plus, land use in general is not that sexy a subject for many people. I didn't get really interested in it myself until I was in my forties.

On gas prices, as I'm sure you know, the US prices are even now quite low relative to prices in many other countries. It's true the US is a big place and many people drive a great many miles in a week, so high prices can be a great burden.

Still.. we seem to be developing resources and building amoeba like cities in odd directions, re transportation and sustainability.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 9 Sep, 2005 08:28 pm
I have some more article links to add, but I just saw this one and think it important, so here goes -

Sam Hall Kaplan on Tears for New Orleans
http://www.downtownnews.com/articles/2005/09/12/news/opinion/edit01.txt

I've sought permission to print the text. Hope to hear from downtown news tomorrow - but maybe not, as tomorrow is Saturday.
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realjohnboy
 
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Reply Sun 11 Sep, 2005 01:50 pm
There has been a lot of talk, osso, about how New Orleans (shorthand for the gulf region affected by Katrina) will rebound. A lot of, it seems to me, bravado from government and civic officials. Is it realistic? Is it logical?

New Orleans is built on silt. It is sinking. The ocean and the water in the Gulf of Mexico is rising. And, once the water does drain, will the soil be so contaminated as to make human habitation or crop production impossible?

I realize that it is human nature (not just for Americans but also, for example, folks in Bangladesh) to try to get things back to the way they were before some calamitity. But maybe, just maybe, that is not such a good idea.

Have you seen any articles addressing the notion that replacing what was there may not be such a great idea?

Should New Orleans be rebuilt?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 11 Sep, 2005 02:26 pm
Here's a thread on the subject with some intersesting posts over the pages - there might be links to articles in it, I don't remember right now.

http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=58820
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 11 Sep, 2005 04:01 pm
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/01/garden/01Roof.html?ex=1126584000&en=703f392c0e78ddf3&ei=5070
Tying Down the Roof

http://www.planetizen.com/node/17255
Carless in the Eye of Katrina

http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/sep05/353373.asp
Let's restore our treasured New Orleans but we must....

http://online.wsj.com/article_email/0,,SB112613695220634675-IRjgYNmlaR4nZusbHmGaq2Cm4,00.html
Can Rebuilding N.O. Solve Its Old Problems...

http://www.slate.com/id/2125816/?nav=tap3
There's No Place Like Home - Rybczynski in Slate
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2005 01:29 pm
Today's new links, all of these via ArchNewsNow.com


http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/53699.htm
Lights out for migrating birds

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_16-9-2005_pg7_18
Lahore

http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1573068,00.html
Cardiff

http://money.cnn.com/2005/09/19/real_estate/buying_selling/new_planned_communities/
new urbanism, pro + con

http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=aea2d069-1717-4d43-9d40-6be5b24f3cc0&page=1
Montreal Subway Stops
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