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Methodist Urbanism: Ocean Grove

Methodist Urbanism: Ocean Grove

One of the reasons Ocean Grove, New Jersey has endured intact is the presence of a religious community that had a higher calling and a longer event horizon than the dominant secular culture. There are lessons to be learned here even by people who may not identify with the church.

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends

Everything has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Our current institutions are in the process of failing and are unlikely to be reformed. Once the dust settles, we’ll create new institutions and a fresh cultural consensus that respond to pressing needs on the ground.

The Apartment Complex

The Apartment Complex

Affordable housing can take many shapes and show up in surprising places. These places aren’t subsidized or government-run, but they house millions of Americans.

Bozeman: A Blessing and a Curse

Bozeman: A Blessing and a Curse

Bozeman is becoming the new frontier for tech workers who don’t want to slog it out in the Bay Area. What does that mean for the city?

A Relentless Desire to Control

A Relentless Desire to Control

You can put up all the signs you want, but your community will still be vulnerable to a myriad of external shocks.

The Californians Are Coming!

The Californians Are Coming!

Housing options become even more scarce when the value of property is no longer tethered to the local labor market.

The Airport Lounge School of Economics

The Airport Lounge School of Economics

The housing crunch leads families to make hard trade-offs in order to live affordably. A quick chat in an airport lounge reveals some unique examples.

Shovel Ready

Shovel Ready

The rise of technology is slowly emptying out our malls and business parks. They could be put to better use... if we actually wanted to solve the problem.

The Hippie Jesus Convergence

The Hippie Jesus Convergence

As a nation, we have multiple, profound predicaments that we need to come to grips with. This isn’t going to end well if we don’t pull together.

My Reno Epiphany

My Reno Epiphany

Your town isn’t a dress rehearsal. This is it, folks.

Mont Saint-Michel on the Prairie

Mont Saint-Michel on the Prairie

The way we finance new developments in suburban communities is one giant Ponzi Scheme, but no one seems to realize how doomed the whole thing is.

Lesson Learned

Lesson Learned

A couple years ago, I bought a $15,000 uninhabitable shack in Cincinnati, Ohio, hoping to renovate it into a nice two-story duplex for renters. Here's what went wrong.

Anaheim Transit: Suck it up

Anaheim Transit: Suck it up

Better transit is badly needed in the Anaheim region but rather than provide that, the regional government spent millions on a shiny, new auto-oriented facility.

The Precariat Shoppe

The Precariat Shoppe

In a world where brick-and-mortor stores are increasingly hard to maintain and afford, mobile businesses fill an important niche for both business owners and consumers.