Eight reasons to rejoice over $8-a-gallon gasoline

Chris Pummer on MarketWatch gives us a contrarian notion — more expensive gasoline might be just what we need. And no, not because we’re an evil American people, but simply because we have suffered an economic drag because of our dependency on oil: Americans should be celebrating rather than shuddering over the arrival of $4-a-gallon […]

Downtown is not the only town

I’m thankful for businesses like Aptera Inc. who have decided to move to downtown Fort Wayne and support our urban core. But downtown Fort Wayne isn’t the only urban business district around here. If you want to do business — or open a business — in a close-knit, walkable, multi-use community, you could also consider: […]

Why a young person would want to leave Fort Wayne

It’s funny how a seemingly innocent photo can reveal a cultural fault line. This photo of a sign on Taylor Street in Fort Wayne posted on Fort Wayne Observed was greeted with this response: I think it’s on “This is Why Young People Want To Leave Fort Wayne” Street. That is: Christianity, or a certain […]

Will Harrison Square hate pedestrians?

Will the Harrison Square retail development in downtown Fort Wayne make pedestrians more or less welcome? And why would I ask the question, seeing as how there are so many pedestrians drawn on the architectural renderings? But there’s a potential problem with the above streetscape, and David Sucher’s Three Rules for urban design (PDF) addresses […]

The 12 traits of a walkable community

What makes a walkable community? Dan Burden gives us the 12 most important things to rate when searching for a Walkable Community. Note how they apply so well to smaller towns: 1. Intact town centers. This center includes a quiet, pleasant main street with a hearty, healthy set of stores. 2. Residential densities, mixed income, […]

James Howard Kunstler: The tragedy of suburbia (video)

Anthony, who lives in suburbia but who is a good sport about it, passes along this link to a James Howard Kunstler filmed in February 2004 and posted at TED. As that Web site says: “In James Howard Kunstler’s view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the […]

What is the most crying need of the church in America today?

Here is how Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, answers the question, emphasizing the importance of cities: I’m throwing in with Jim Boice on this one (cf. his Two Cities: Two Loves.) The evangelical church must stay true to its biblical foundations, and it must maintain and enhance the effectiveness […]