Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Eleven Trackside Center Visuals (268)

In recent debates over the proposed Trackside Center, I have noticed relatively few visual representations of it. Because much of the focus is on policy and its violation, the appearance of the building itself qua object seems to me to be relatively neglected.

So I thought I would attempt a modest corrective to this situation by collecting visuals appearing on the internet. I went to the City website on this topic and screenshot all the visual depictions/projections of it I came across. By my count, there are ten of them (and I may have missed some). And I found an additional view in a Vanguard article.

We need to appreciate that the developer has provided all eleven and this might mean a skewing in what is represented and in the particulars. So, it would also be good if we had critiques of these eleven visuals from opponents and visuals drawn up by opponents. And also, obviously, proponents might want to provide additional visuals and to respond to opponent visuals and critiques, if any.

I am happy to publish on this blog all additional visual materials and discussions of them sent to me.

1. Looking Northwest - 1 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Reprint of Davis Vanguard Op-Ed “What Should We Do About Trackside?” (267)

David Greenwald’s Sunday op-ed framing of the Trackside matter is, I think, very much on the right track. Together with his elaboration in today’s Vanguard, he reaches toward a significant shift in our conception of the physical contouring and direction of Davis. With his permission, I reprint the Sunday version.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Classic Fire Hydrant Decapitation Accident at 5th & E, July 10, 2017 (266)

I live on E Street not so far from 5th and over the years I have become accustomed to cars on E attempting to cross 5th from the south to the north being smashed in the side and driven onto the fire hydrant at the corner, sometimes snapping off the hydrant. 

It happened yet again a week or so ago. These events are so repetitive and similar that I sometimes no longer walk over to see what happened. I almost did not bother in this case, but the new ONDNA traffic-calming project prompted me to think some snaps might be helpful. Here they are.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Two Car Smashup At 6th & G Saturday Afternoon July 22, 2017 (265)

I was on my way to the Coop Saturday afternoon, July 22 when I came onto two cars in smash-up disarray at the northeast corner of 6th and G streets.

Whatever may have happened, the large-scale displacement of the bench at the corner is quite striking.

This post consists of five selected and edited photos from among those I took at the scene.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

ONDNA Website Reports Possibility of Newman Center Church Demolition (264)

The News section of www.oldnorthdavis.org is reporting that a City Official at a recent Historical Commission meeting spoke of the City being in “ongoing contact” with Newman Center officials about the future Newman Center and another said there is apparently a plan to demolish it.

This story is here:

Excerpts from that story follow.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A New Old North Street Sign? (263)

How about this for a new Old North Davis street sign? (It might be transitioned to over time, beginning with replacement of four regular combined with ON signs that are currently missing.)

This concept might now become reality because the City has acquired a sign-making machine that allows "logo featuring" on Cannery street signs, shown below. Public Works is apparently willing to apply this feature to Old North street signs.

I suppose one follow-on question might be: should the Old North develop a logo to use on the sign or simply go with lettering of the kind Public Works has placed on the example given above? At this time, I lean to using the Public Works example and be done with it.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Davis Enterprise Report On Eight UCD Student Designs For a Redeveloped School District Block (262)

June 11th, the Enterprise published a story on a UCD class in which the students  developed eight quite different plans for a redeveloped school district block.

Given its special relevance to those of us who reside in Old North, I provide much of the story below and after the jump. The entire story, which features details on five of the plans, can be read at:

To me, the “take-a-way” is: There are certainly a lot of almost radically different and reasonable conceptions of what could happen there! Think long and hard and do not go with any plan too soon.