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Nerding out on urban design

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I’m not exactly a newcomer to the D&D alignment chart. It’s been a major meme forever. Did I let that stop me from creating a chart of my own? Nope. After all, I’m a regular if not very skilled D&D player, and I love urban design. Two great tas...
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Wrong Assumptions

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Since I’m an urban planner and a preservationist, people ask me about random urban stuff all the time. Why is this street like that? What does this kind of roof mean? When was this built? This can be a really fun game. But to be good at it, I constantl...
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Home away from home

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The tree fell on my house three months ago. Work started a few weeks back. The time in between has been challenging to say the least. I know I said I’d write “lots of posts” about this experience but turns out it’s easier said than done. The process fe...
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A tree fell on our house

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The title says it all, really: a big honkin’ tree fell on our house. The tree was in our neighbor’s yard: a 60′ tall 3-4′ wide BIG FELLA. It fell across our kitchen and even pierced through our other neighbor’s living room...
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Change is… Good?

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A few weeks ago I started updating my site for the new semester: making sure dates were correct, moving a couple things around, etc. When I did that, for a reason I still don’t understand, my site broke. Pages I am absolutely positive existed disappeared. Menu items led nowhere. I swore a blue streak. Once […]
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HISP 405: Survey & Preservation Planning

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Note: in an effort to decrease paper usage and to make sure information is always up-to-date, this syllabus has been formatted for the web. If you would like a PDF copy formatted for printing, please contact me. Course Outline Historic Preservation 405, Survey and Preservation Planning, is a survey and research-based study of preservation planning, […]
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Testing by ratatouille

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Ben is the food blogger in the family and I don’t want to step on his toes. However, the other day I made ratatouille and I need to talk about it. Not about the ratatouille, really. It was an ok attempt. I had superior ingredients to work with: the vegetables all came from market stalls […]
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Better late than never

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Until today, I had never been to the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine. Now, before you judge me too harshly: yes, students are in Paris with me for a month, but we visit a different location in the city every day. I can’t be blamed for preferring the real Notre Dame to a model, […]
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Reasons

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I chose the apartment I’m renting this summer for all sorts of practical reasons:- it’s close to the students’ dorm.  – it’s close to my mother’s place.  – it’s on multiple metro lines.  – shops and other amenities are accessible.  – it is within budget. (<= super extra important) But if I’m completely honest, I […]
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Prepping for Paris

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Leaving for France in two weeks exactly. You think after having taught this course three times already, it would all be routine by now. And mostly, it is. Still, lots and lots to get done. Teaching a course abroad is an interesting experience. Some of it is just like teaching a regular class: syllabus prep, […]
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