Two Nights in the Crab Kingdom

This summer our vacation was short, but spectacular, full of Fourth of July fireworks, rich food, and Americana music. Rather than fly halfway across the country for a week in some Ecotopia we hopped a plane to Baltimore to see our son Rob’s band The Belleville Outfit open for Lyle Lovett . The concert venue was downtown on the ritzy Inner Harbor, and once on the ground we tried to keep...

Urban Alaska

When we landed in Anchorage it was near midnight, but it wasn’t until we  walked out of the terminal that “land of the midnight sun” really  meant something to me. It was so light that we could see 20,000-foot Mount McKinley in the distance. Betsy pointed out that she could also see what looked like her worst far-north nightmare: a snowfall swirling in the air all around. Not...

Code Talking

The Spartanburg Downtown Code, developed in partnership with the city by the Lawrence Group from Davidson, NC, will soon move from the charrette and public planning stage to a vote by city council. The code is a progressive, even revolutionary document for our community. It articulates, for the first time in decades, a unified vision for the central business district and puts into place a set of...

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