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Posted on April 24 at 5:09 p.m.
Mr Pritchett my excuses for bad spelling...must be the sangria.
That old saw: "Think globally. Act Locally." may have some relevance here. And at least let's be broadminded enough to link up our own downtown Santa Barbara with the urban limit line--"way out" there (as you put it) at the western frontier of Goleta!! (wow, not wanting to link those two means you must really be into the micro view of things). Take off your macro lens and grab your wide angle...
On It's a Dog's World After All
Posted on April 24 at 3:59 p.m.
My compliments to Martha Sadler and the Independent for their intelligent articles on this subject. We need this important journalistic addition to the political conversation.
This is an important set of issues. I am thinking about it as much as I can. Hope you are too. Even after reading Prichett's commentary and Francisco's remarks in Martha Sadler's article, I sense a consensus on holding the urban boundary line.
How do we assure ourselves that we can hold the line?
The architectural nuances of sun and light on the streets (see Vitruvius) and where the wind blows (Ibid) are criteria we shouldn't forget--and also views...and lastly don't forget the place where this "Roman-like Compromise" took place--Plaza de la Guerra. Get that right!
We gotta get a place for everybody to live--rich and poor. Seems basic to me.
Posted on April 24 at 2:49 p.m.
Ain't American pragmatism grand?...everybody believes everybody can get what they want.
I'm getting very suspicious of Das Williams though, he just wants to get elected and everybody is not going to agree to that.
Posted on April 6 at 11:09 a.m.
I am so happy with this story. Did you find my house? Any pictures of it. It's wonderful to be remembered as a forefather.Don Jose de la Guerra
On Santa Barbara Middle Schoolers Walk Into Spanish History
Posted on March 21 at 6:38 p.m.
Nice Pictures Sue!
On Travels with Barney
Posted on March 17 at 11:15 a.m.
Think everybody. What would the architect Jeff Shelton do?
On Height Fight on Chapala
Posted on March 16 at 8:33 a.m.
It is not a MEMORIAL. It is a fraudulent war protest.
On David Post -- 05/24/07 at Tecolote Book Shop
Posted on March 15 at 5:16 a.m.
Good morning Mr. Pritchett...that is not a very optimistic picture you're painting! What is the policy dimension of your comment?Build nothing? Only downtown? Up and down the Gaviota Coast? Only the Gaviota Coast? None of the above?
Do you have another alternative?
Or is it just: "raw political will, and just say no?"
I say (along with Dylan) "He who's not busy being born, is busy dying."
""People who live in densely populated places lead more environmentally friendly lives. They consume fewer resources per person and take up less space. And because efficiency scales with the size of the population, big cities are always more efficient than small cities."
Which is the more sustainable alternative...the spreading city or the urban city? Which is the more cultural alternative...the spreading city or the urban city?
Posted on March 14 at 6:43 p.m.
It's better than the gas station. We're lucky. Let 'er roll.
On Coast Village Story
Posted on March 14 at 10:01 a.m.
Good morning. Interesting comments this morning. The occasional accented bigger building indeed may not be the problem with building up as Mr. Johnson points out, and certainly the rate of change in this part of the city is difficult to digest.
What concerns me on Chapala is the reinforcement of the Grand Boulevard effect with the large width of Chapala which is after all, a road to nowhere that ends at the freeway. This piling up of a dense wall of confusing architectural masses on both sides of the wide street amplifies the effect. Do the projects have the right relation to each other and then to this overly wide street? Just thinking out loud...
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