I am an Urbanite

September 16, 2011
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I am urban.  It is part of me, my love of the City and my comfort surrounded by tall buildings, hardscaping and people.  Don’t get me wrong, I love nature too.  The sound of a rippling stream is in my top 3 most relaxing things in the world.  I love picking flowers, watching small animals and birds, identifying tracks, jumping creeks and tent camping.  I really love sailing.  But I need those things sometimes.  I need an urban environment (almost) all the time.

A little while ago I was having a bad day.  So I took off and walked my city (little city though it may be).  I walked through the neighbourhoods to downtown and to one of the coolest little gems around.  I watched the lights changing and the big kids skateboarding.  I listened to this one guy who had brought his guitar on his bike who was singing and playing for the world in general.  I saw other people come and go.  Walking through or hanging out a while.  The range of ages and styles, the sounds, and smells of the city made me happy.  My mood did a complete turn around just hanging out on the plaza.  Active spaces in the middle of built up areas are what make a city and what make urbanites like me want to live somewhere

I couldn’t find the picture I want but this is where I was.


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Urban rambling – blame it on NPR

August 24, 2011
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How Anchor Stores Keep Neighborhoods Afloat : NPR.

I will miss my Borders books and my Borders Bucks for that matter (yeah I am a reader).  This is a fascinating piece I heard as I woke up.  I woke up much more quickly that I normally do just so I could catch this.  As much as I knew about this subject I had no idea that urban versions of the bigger grocery/general stores were actually more profitable.  It is always good to have information about big box redevelopment potential in your back pocket and I think I will be picking up a copy of The Option of Urbanism.

I am a someone who walks as much as I can and thinks public transportation should be able to get me anywhere else I want to go.  It is nice to know that I am not as much of an oddity as I sometimes feel.  I remember when I “had” to get a car (and a license to drive the thing of course).  I felt so much less free. And I got so much less fit.  I am an urbanite to the core and proud of it.

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