Looking at this photo taken outside the Jane Hotel in New York reminds me of a time when I was at home in a city I haven't been to since the week before the US lockdown in March 2020. I lived around the corner with my then partner, and we had seen the effects of extreme weather the autumn before, when Hurricane Sandy flooded lower Manhattan. We were unable to return to our building for nearly a month. Here's what I wrote at the time: 12 November 2012 The need [...]
I use Google Alerts a lot, for important colleagues and my publishing company's star authors and editors, and also for a few phrases relevant to my research on community. No question that the phrase "search for community" brings up more results than "search for community" - and not surprisingly so, if you look at how and where "sense of community" is being used. I have been finding some great stories this way and am including the results here for just a few items I've received in the last few days. [...]
This long article in the New York Times explains why theoretical physicist Geoffrey West - as well as Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Michael Bloomberg - has turned his attention to cities. The article mentions the two writers on the city who most interest me: Jane Jacobs and Lewis Mumford. I'm intrigued by the idea of "urban science" because I see more and more evidence that the sciences and social sciences need to be integrated. We also need to bring in creative economists (I know, that sounds weird, but I'm [...]
A new book called The Company Store is reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, presumably given space (something that's now in very short supply because of the demise of so many review sections) because it is a history of American business. But the book sounds like more than that, relevant to today's debates about corporate social responsibility and to proposals for reduced commuting times.
Anyone interested in community and community building should have this book: A pattern language: towns, buildings ... - Google Books.