Vox Populi

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Gerald Fleming: City of Breath

People here stop and listen to children’s conversations. People here not only wait in line—say, at the bakery—but in that line come to agreement as to who rightly should go first—the frail old man, for instance, who has trouble with his legs, the mother who needs to hurry home & cook, the busboy from the café sent to buy more bread for a sudden crowd, and only then the couple, plenty of time, buying bread for dinner.

January 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Lynn Freehill-Maye: How Removing Asphalt Is Softening Our Cities

 Greening alleys reclaims public space, reconnects urban dwellers to one another, and invites nature deep into cities. Rachel Schutz hated watching the kids play outside, and not because she was … Continue reading

February 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

John de Graaf: A California City That’s Taking Beauty Seriously

Vallejo is working on conserving open space and beautifying the city as part of a national campaign to unite Americans. Vallejo has been hit hard by poverty, unemployment, and drug … Continue reading

August 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

30 Great Quotations from Rebecca Solnit on Walking

“[In Pride and Prejudice] solitary walks express the independence that literally takes the heroine out of the social sphere of the houses and their inhabitants, into a larger, lonelier world … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

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