The Fairbanks Pedestrian is a discussion of community-building, social capital, downtowns, neighborhood culture, city planning, domestic and civic architecture, public and private transportation, and the pleasures and difficulties of city living in Fairbanks, Alaska.
I hope you’ll join the discussion.
In The Fairbanks Pedestrian, I explore a few central ideas:
- City life — and that doesn’t mean big city life — provides a cultural wealth that car-intensive, suburban life does not.
- Civic, democratic life is enhanced when people have more chances to encounter each other and those different from them.
- Our built environment should be useful, convenient, and pleasant enough that people do not feel the need to retreat from it daily.
- Children, the poor, the elderly, and the infirm deserve physical access to cultural resources equal to the access of well-off, able-bodied adults.
- Whether cars are wholly good, wholly bad, or something in between, all people have a right to meet their daily needs without owning one — that is, on foot.
While for now I write all the posts to to this blog, I am always eager for readers to participate. I do not claim to have all the answers to the questions raised here, nor are all my stated opinions unchangeable and final. I encourage everybody with another perspective or a question to leave a comment. For example:
- “Here’s another example of what you’re talking about…”
- “How would your solution apply in this difficult circumstance?…”
- “Here are some facts you didn’t consider…”
- “One of your premises is faulty. Here’s what I’d say instead…”
And, of course:
- “Great ideas! What can I do to help?”
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I look forward to this discussion with you, and I hope that it can help us build, keep, and improve on a city worth living in.