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The downfall of civilization & the attempt to fix it: the weekly chatter.

I recently had two appearances on Dave Barron’s program, Investigating Community Resilience. Our discussions touched upon the fragility of the transportation system, simple alternatives, roundabouts, how it is interconnected to public space issues and how our values are reflected in the current infrastructure. It’s nerve-racking being on camera; there’s no delete or strike-through button! He has also aired shows on farming, ecological issues, governance and the role of art & culture with Seth Bernard.

Weekly Chatter

  • How does your city treat its ordinary spaces? The article explains how London doesn’t just focus on the core attractions, but tries to add features throughout the city.

To wrap, a parting shot of Traverse City’s most recently completed road project on Bates Ave. along the TART Trail. The project, that turned a longtime dirt road into a paved one, didn’t have anything else slated in terms of improvements, however, the little connector to the trail (shown below) was mentioned by a resident at a planning commission meeting as a small bonus feature. Why wouldn’t you put something like this in? It turns out staff was listening. Thank you staff!

(Click for larger view)

Next-up, let’s see if we can turn that narrow stretch of dirt (soon to be grass=more city mowing) into a native plant garden.

Have a weekend.


  1. lee
    August 13, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Hey Gary, is there anyway to watch the video from the show? Whoop! For the new TART trail connector 🙂

  2. August 13, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    A ‘whoop”? Easy now.

    The videos are linked for Barron’s shows. It’s not as easy as Youtube, but they do work. Just funky.

  3. Mike Grant
    August 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Hey Gary,

    Thought this might interest you if you hadn’t already seen it. Nothing
    new but good that it’s still making the rounds.



  4. August 16, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Thanks, Mike. Now get out there & try out D.C.’s new traffic signal for bike commuters: http://bit.ly/91pE9N

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