I’ve written before about James Howard Kunstler. He’s perhaps the nearest thing urbanism has to a rabid bulldog. I usually agree with most of what Kunstler has to say, although I often cringe at how he expresses himself. I prefer not to describe urbanism as “smart growth” for fear of appearing condescending to folks who haven’t yet seen the light. I similarly worry that Kunstler runs the risk of unnecessarily radicalizing the advocates of sprawl.
With that said, I still acknowledge that a Kunstler rant can be great fun. And the Chris Christie bridge scandal gave Kunstler a fine opportunity to become apoplectic.
I don’t agree with everything Kunstler writes about Christie or New Jersey, but I think Kunstler speaks a lot of truth, even if the volume level is higher than I would have set it. Take a read and see what you think.
If I haven’t exhausted your willingness to read links, let me offer another one. Rather than urbanism, this one is more about how a food craze grew out of a woman’s attempt to strengthen her hold on mental health. But there are a couple of urbanism insights that caught my attention in a very fundamental way. One has to do with building relationships with strangers on a street corner. The other speaks to how to build community among the patrons of a coffee shop. And both use coconuts.
If that sounds interesting, take a look at this story about the growing toast craze.
As always, your questions or comments will be appreciated. Please comment below or email me. And thanks for reading. - Dave Alden (firstname.lastname@example.org)