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Delusionary Zoning

My adopted home town, Amherst, Massachusetts, has the habit of focusing on a pressing and complicated problem and making it just a bit worse. One current example is the proposal to increase the amount of affordable housing in the town by making houses even more expensive to build, an effort that brings to mind a political quote from some years ago. 1,127 more words


A New Adventure Awaits

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.                     ~ John F. Kennedy

I am humbled and honored and thankful for the support of our local community; your calls and emails of encouragement meant so much to Ronnie and I and showed us we were on the right track.

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New Orleans Council moves to create "Cigar Bar" designation

What’s next-“Little Debbie corner stores” or “Jukebox Bars”? This City Council is a joke, but not as much as our new CZO which, without well-funded and embedded neighborhood organizations and longterm advocacy and education is basically Swiss Cheese. 101 more words

French Quarter

'Can you hear music?'

I really liked this elderly couple who I had noticed take a seat on one of the benches down at Gunwharf.

As I watched so his wife with some degree of anticipation carefully took out this pastry treat which had been placed delicately into it’s very own little designer paper wrap. 226 more words

The Streets

What best describes selections for today's interiors? Safe and conservative? Contemporary? Continuous or distinct styling for different zones?

A lot of people still play it safe with interior colour and furniture styles. I think its important to stay with neutral base colours and then punctuate features. 142 more words


How they voted: The council's 6-5 split on Garza Ranch

Following about three hours of public testimony – which included neighborhood association in-fighting, a choked-up speech, appearances from environmental activists and Q&As about a “traffic impact analysis” – the Austin City Council began debating Thursday’s marquee zoning item. 840 more words

Adler says he won't recuse himself on Garza Ranch vote

A long-running land development dispute – which Mayor Steve Adler’s critics on the campaign trail used to criticize his environmental track record – returns to the City Council Thursday… 332 more words