Saturday, October 29, 2005

For My Fellow Scholars and Bibliophiles

Aren't you jealous of Caleb? (I encourage you to enlarge the picture: it does not disappoint.)


Blogger roo said...

Sorry if this comment is off-topic, (though I am a bibliophile.) In my less-than-thorough search of your webpage, I couldn't find your email address.

Anyway, I see from your sidebar that you've read "Suburban Nation"-- I'm curious what you thought of it.

I read it a few years ago, after working my way through my husband's Jane Jacobs, Kevin Lynch, and Christopher Alexander books (Jeff was getting his M. Arch. at the time, and I'll read anything I see lying around the apartment.)I was struck by the book, particularly since I've been heartbroken watching my small New England hometown be swallowed wholesale by McMansions and big-box retailers.

On the other hand, Seaside (the Florida community designed by the authors) seems a Frankenstein's monster of a town-- there's a reason it was used as the backdrop to "The Truman Show" (a movie exploring the boundary between fake and genuine). And apparently, Seaside is a ghost town now in the off-season: the original residents, planned to represent a wide range of income/class levels, have by and large sold off to wealthy families seeking second homes...

Sunday, October 30, 2005 3:51:00 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

A bit off-topic, but I ALWAYS like talking about New Urbanism, so I consider this a friendly re-direct!

My e-mail is available on my profile; feel free to use it, as I'd love to pick up this thread. In fact, I may respond to you via a post, if I get the time and energy, because you raise some good points.

I have posted on Suburban Nation and New Urbanism, and it will give you some sense of where I'm at on it: http://gowerstreet.blogspot.com/2005/06/suburban-nation-and-new-urbanism.html

Sunday, October 30, 2005 9:30:00 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Here's a link that actually works: Suburban Nation and New Urbanism

Sunday, October 30, 2005 9:38:00 AM  
Blogger Caleb said...

If anyone should be jealous, it should be me, what with your running around Cambridge!

Monday, October 31, 2005 4:01:00 AM  
Blogger Gaunilo said...

Agreed. You've no occasion to be jealous of anyone, my good man.

Thursday, November 03, 2005 2:54:00 AM  

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