Yesterday morning I woke up and realized I hadn’t done a best of November post yet. November also happened to have several of my favorite posts, so I decided to do a “best of” wrap up a bit late:
1. Provo in the Snow: The most popular post ever on this blog by far, this post shows what Provo looks like around 4 am immediately after (or, during) a heavy snow storm.
2. Provo: The Poorest City in Its Class: Have you ever wondered why Provo just can’t seem to fill up downtown? Or why it’s just not as vibrant as some other cities of comparable size? This post is part of a series that postulates that the problem is a lack of wealth in Provo. Specifically, this post notes that incomes are lower in Provo than in places like Boulder, Colorado, Ann Arbor, or even Ogden. This later post also notes that poverty levels are higher.
3. Calgary: “Our Tolerance for Crap Must Be Zero”: Poverty is one problem, but another is that people continue to tolerate crap in the city. This post quotes Canadian mayors as saying that cities must stop tolerating terrible things. This post also spawned several others, the most recent of which was this one about Nu Skin destroying a beloved downtown mural.
4. Malls: Another One Bites the Dust: Trolley Square, Utah’s coolest mall in its biggest, most densely populated city, is struggling. That’s because malls are generally a bad investment and because they’ve been overbuilt along the Wasatch Front. This post suggests that it is perhaps time to stop deluding ourselves that malls will help cities.
5. Cowboy Partners: A Primer: If you’re curious what downtown Provo will look like in the future, check out this post, which shows pictures of projects built by developer Cowboy Partners. Earlier in November Provo approved a new housing development by the company and though the specific plans for the project haven’t been released yet, these images show what kind of buildings they’ve done in the past.
6. Another Lesson From Sandy: Biking is Part of Emergency Preparedness: Utah is filled with people who are ready to face a disaster at any moment. But one thing that may be overlooked is emergency transportation. This post notes that after Hurricane Sandy, the people who could get around most quickly and efficiently — or at all, in some cases — were the people on bikes.