The Good City awakens

I keep finding links and stories that I want to share, and then I think to myself, “Oh, that’s right. I’m on hiatus.”

So, TGC is back! But what have I been doing?

jonswerens.com

I’ve been working on my own personal Web site, www.jonswerens.com, for quite a while now. Coming soon there: Some video of a concert of mine in Angola, Ind., back in April.

Plus, I’ve been adding features such as easy-to-print and -email posts, and a groovy-cool Gig Calendar for when I actually get back to performing concerts again.

thegoodcity.com

As you may or may not know, I own the domain name thegoodcity.com, but that URL just transfers you to this WordPress.com blog. 

But when I change Web hosting providers in a month or two, I will be able to afford hosting under the URL itself. That looks a step more professional and allows me more technical flexibility in how to set up this blog.

After the switch, your old links likely won’t work and your RSS feed and auto-email thingy will need to be reset.

Stay tuned for more changes!

New updating service available!

Where have I been? Well, I’ve been the same place you have been: Looking at this blog, wondering where the next post will come from.

I’ve spent most of the past week thinking about the focus of this blog, and I’ve decided to follow what readers have been most interested in — local commentary and photos. I get many more comments and interest in hyperlocal coverage rather than links to stories elsewhere that I find interesting.

The down side is that I will likely not be able to post every day. To make it easier for you to follow, you can now get emailed updates via FeedBurner whenever a new post goes live.

For those savvy, the RSS feed still operates, of course. Have you heard of RSS, but wondered what it is? Check out this easy-to-understand video from Common Craft.

You can find Google Reader here. And the links to the update services are at the top right, and right here for your convenience.

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Quick links: Streets, neighborhoods and bike lanes

What does it cost to live in your neighborhood?

The Spaulding brothers give us a great introduction to a cool online tool: The Housing and Transportation Index. As they say, be sure to click the Advanced link at the top left to get more details.

Complete Streets bill now in both House and Senate

The bill would make sure that roads built and improved with federal funds safely serve everyone using the roadway — including pedestrians, bicyclists, bus riders, as well as those with disabilities. More information at CompleteStreets.org. Hat tip: Streetsblog

The Stupidest Bike Lane in America

The editors of SlateV.com asked their readers to send them examples of stupid bike lanes. Silver Springs, Md., received the honor.

Go to Wednesday’s free urban design lecture

Don’t forget this great event Wednesday at 6 p.m.! Here’s the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana press release:

Around the Square: an urban design lecture
Hosted by YLNI’s Downtown Development Committee

Almost everyone supports the idea of downtown development in Fort Wayne. But what does it really take to ensure sensible, sustainable, and exciting development in our city around Harrison Square?

YLNI is proud to host Professor Philip Bess, Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. Professor Bess will provide the audience with some of the basic principles of Traditional Urbanism that have been implemented in other cities to facilitate development around urban ballparks.

April 16 at 6 p.m.
Downtown Allen County Public Library – Auditorium

Following the lecture, a Q&A panel will form and field questions from the attendees. Joining Professor Bess on the panel discussion portion of the event will be the founding members of multi-discipline design firm Studio Three:

  • Joseph Blalock, ASLA Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at BSU-CAP
  • Lohren Deeg, ASAI Instructor of Architecture at BSU-CAP. Founder of Lohren Deeg Design and Illustration. Assistant Director of Community Based Projects.
  • Brian Hollars, AIA Instructor of Architecture at BSU-CAP. Founder of handHEWN Design and Construction.

The panel will be answering questions from the audience as well as previous questions sent in by YLNI members, feel free to send your urban design questions to downtown@ylni.org to have it included in the forum.

Hope to see you there!

Urban design professor to speak in Fort Wayne

If you are interested in city, culture and church, then this lecture later this month is essential listening.

Here’s a shortened version of the press release:

Notre Dame professor Philip Bess will present a lecture and panel discussion about urban design and sustainable development in Fort Wayne.

The event will be 6 p.m. April 16 in the auditorium of the downtown branch of the Allen County Public Library. It is sponsored by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana.

Bess is an expert in neighborhood ballpark design and his expertise will help the citizens of Fort Wayne determine for themselves what is needed to accomplish a walkable, livable and dynamic downtown.

Bess is the director of graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. He teaches graduate urban design and theory, and continues his professional work as a design consultant for municipalities, architects and community development corporations working through the office of Thursday Associates. His most recent book is “Till We Have Build Jerusalem: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Sacred.

Following the lecture, a Q&A panel will field questions from the attendees. Joining him on the panel will be the founding members of multi-discipline design firm Studio Three:

  • Joseph Blalock: ASLA, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, Founder of Blalock Design Studio
  • Lohren Deeg: ASAI, Instructor of Architecture at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, Founder of Lohren Deeg Design and Illustration, and Assistant Director of Community Based Projects
  • Brian Hollars: AIA, Instructor of Architecture at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, Founder of handHEWN Design and Construction

Questions for the panel can be submitted that evening or beforehand by emailing downtown@ylni.org.

The event is hosted by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana’s Downtown Development Committee and is sponsored by the Downtown Improvement District, Invent Tomorrow, Notre Dame Club of Fort Wayne, AIA Fort Wayne, Ottenweller Co. Inc., Hylant Group, and CB Richard Ellis/Sturges.

Related: Book review of “Till We Have Built Jerusalem”