Spreadin’ Love

Cul-de-sac-banThe New York Times Magazine Year In Ideas issue is always fun. Highlights include research on people who don't smile for their college yearbook photo (more likely to get divorced), the ban on cul-de-sacs, and the Obama Effect.

Love this renovation job. I have a weakness for hundred year old apartments that are modern, but keep the old funk.

I also like Elin's house in IKEA land.


8 thoughts on “Spreadin’ Love

  1. I liked the renovation but had to go back and gawk at the wife of the couple’s upper arms twice.
    Thanks for linking the Year in Ideas. I was particularly mesmerized by the gen-mod glow-in-the-dark dog.


  2. Our mainly 1960s neighborhood isn’t exactly a cul-de-sac, but it’s not on a grid (it’s shaped sort of like a squished donut with an outer ring of houses facing an inner ring), and there are only two outlets. The neighborhood is very well-defined and it’s about 1/3 of a mile around the loop. There’s little non-resident traffic, it’s at a fairly low speed, and I’m pretty comfortable with having my oldest bike on the street, especially with other kids.


  3. It’s beautiful but I sure hope that couple got an option to buy at the end of that lease. That’s a hell of a lot of work to put into a rental.


  4. Colleges have yearbooks? Huh. Learn something new every day. My assumption about people who don’t “smile” in pictures is….ugly teeth, not ugly attitude. People want to look their best in pictures, so not-smiling is an attempt to look more attractive (like combing one’s hair).


  5. There is more than “sentiment” to the view that cul-de-sacs are safe. EVERY SINGLE study extant on comparisons of crime rates in communities using cul-de-sacs vs the standard grid or “exploded” modified re-developed cul-de-sac scheme (a result of advocates who claim cul-de-sacs are somehow “anti-social.”) show crime rates to be many factors higher in these alternates to cul-de-sacs. Cul-de-sacs are uninviting to transient foot traffic responsible for the majority of property crime as such people do not have the excuse of public sidewalks to justify their presence and transient auto traffic (also a source of crime) is greatly lessened also.
    The article points out that new cul-de-sac developments sell out faster than traditional grid developments, etc. People like cul-de-sacs because they have undisputedly proven themselves to be the safest form of residential development. They are not fools–one does not have to have a PhD in criminology to know that.
    “You don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”


  6. They’re also unfriendly to the positive effects of community foot traffic, like people taking walks through and around the neighborhood and getting to know each other, and the likelihood of mixed-use real estate springing up nearby. I hate non-walkable neighborhoods.


  7. Marya/
    Yes, you’re right about that. We have lived mostly in the city proper since marriage–mainly in Uptown New Orleans and in the “Old Louisville” section of Louisville that sits midway between the CBD and the Univ. of Louisville. Our only detour was when we moved to the “burbs” in Louisville once our child outgrew the front porch and yard–everything in life is a double edged sword. With children grown we are once more in the city and loving it as usual. Modern crime rates in the central metro areas are a national disgrace. Most of our friends who grew up in New Orleans (neither of us are natives) in the 50s–both black & white–remember a time when crime was so minimal in either community as to seem almost like another Galaxy in retrospect.


  8. I’ve only been to Louisville twice but it seems like a pretty nice place to live.
    I can see that New Orleans is likely an outlier, but aren’t both violent and non-violent crime supposed to be generally down in the last 20 years? Urban and rural.
    We don’t live in the burbs but Portland has a lot of close-in family neighborhoods and parks all over the place to compensate for small yeard size.


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