Our City is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. That is put into perspective when one sees a 30th generation Japanese rice farmer displaced from ancestral fields by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear melt.
We don’t have that sort of multi-generational continuity here. We don’t have any 250 year old trees, people get impatient and cut the big ones down. We do have a nuke-u-lar plant the next county over. We care for the parts of our history that don’t interfere with the seamless operation of automobiles.
We are sensitive revisionists, we ask “is the military statuary appropriate?”
We remake the place. We remove the parts that offend. Then we apologize.


John Edwin MasonLocal photographer/professor/writer John Mason posted an informative piece:

“tracing the geneology of stereotypical images — especially photographs — of African suffering, victimhood, and brutality, from the anti-slavery movement of 200 years ago to the blindspots and hubris of Invisible Children.”–JEM

Part 1 is here.

Move in

There are a vast number of residential properties around the former Martha Jefferson hospital that were upzoned to B-1. The houses had their yards paved, their trees cut down and their souls replaced by medical tradespeople.
What will be the fate of all those houses?
Some of the houses fared better than others, the trees stayed, the asphalt stayed away. They still feel like residential properties. This man was moving into one of them. Urban pioneer. Eyes on the street. Will the residential life of this neighborhood return?