Perhaps fittingly for the last month of this blog’s first year, October saw more traffic than any previous month. It also had some of my very favorite posts, a few of which I’ve included below.
1. Would Building Homes in the Streets Really Work?: The culmination of a multi-week series, this post shows how Provo could convert unnecessarily wide streets into housing. The idea is that implementing this concept on a gradual, limited basis would increase safety in neighborhoods, earn the city more tax revenue, and increase the owner-occupancy rate. This post includes wonderful images created by a friend. I originally proposed the idea in this post, and wrote several follow-ups, including this one.
2. What Houses Close Together Look Like: Putting houses close together can be a disaster, or as these photos from Denver’s Capital Hill neighborhood show it can be beautiful. The point is that we can build wonderful neighborhoods where people live in close proximity to one another as long as those neighborhoods are well-designed.
3. Provo Restaurants Dominate Utah: It’s becoming increasingly clear that Provo’s restaurants are among its greatest assets. This post mentions very positive coverage from SLUG magazine, which traditionally has had hit and miss coverage about Provo.
4. Why Density Matters: Density is kind of a wonkish, experts-only idea that has to do with the number of people in a given space. And when people do know what it means, they often hate higher density. However, this is part of an ongoing effort to explain why increasing density is good for cities like Provo and why sprawl is destructive. Later in October, I also wrote about how density can make for better trick-or-treating.
5. Get Off Parking Welfare: There’s nothing inherently wrong with welfare and it’s a great part of our social safety net. But many people may not realize that they are actually recipients of a kind of welfare in the form of government-subsidized free parking. Basically, if you park on the street for free, you’re accepting government assistance. This post also suggests that perhaps there are better ways to use resources than providing welfare-parking.
6. Great Cities Keep Their People: Drawn from Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities, this post points out that a city can’t be great until people voluntarily choose to live there. They also have to want to stay, even when given the chance to relocate.