Friday, April 29, 2011

Grade Spice

Hello, cities, look at your train, now back to mine, now back at your train, now back to mine.
 Sadly, your train doesn't run like mine, but if it stopped using surface streets and switched to an elevated guideway system, it could run like mine. Look down, back up, where are you? You’re on a platform with the train your train could could run like. What’s in your hand, back at me. I have it, it’s two tickets to that thing you love. Look again, the tickets are now diamonds to represent the money you save on drivers. Anything is possible when your train runs on an elevated guideway and not a surface street. I’m on a metro. Hyaaa!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

landscape of exclusion

Lawyer Takes on Homeless Mom Schooling Case

A homeless mom was charged for sending her son to school.

I've been working on some school projects so I haven't had time to post anything here for a month but rest assured that there is plenty of juicy content coming this way. In the mean time I'd like to briefly comment on this link that caught my eye.

I'm not extremely familiar with Norwalk Connecticut but I did spend some time in nearby Fairfield Connecticut which is also in Fairfield county and is more well off than Norwalk. In Fairfield, like many places, home owners aren't allowed to redevelop their properties into more dense development. They aren't even allowed to subdivide existing properties and take on renters. Both of these measures have the intended effect of keeping out lower income folks. Unfortunately these kind of rules are the norm for American planning. The American landscape is a landscape of exclusion because we make it that way. People such as the mom in this case who violate this exclusion get prosecuted.