Sunday, September 25, 2011

Is Neighbors’ Night Out a Futile, “Feel Good” Exercise? (79)

Davis Enterprise, 9-21-11

So we are coming up on the sixth year of Neighbors Night Out parties. These are, of course, those government-sponsored and organized gatherings designed to “keep the peace” between students and longer-term residents in Davis neighborhoods.

I suppose the central question about them is: Do they make any difference? It is difficult to know, of course, since properly done evaluations have not, to my knowledge, been conducted.

Lacking such evaluations, I can only report my own experience in attending these gatherings and the reports of other attendees.  My main observation is that virtually no members of the targeted population--students new to a neighborhood--actually show up.*

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Parade on Old North's C, 6th & B Streets This Friday (78)

According to press reports, the Davis Senior High School's "Homecoming Parade" will move north up our C Street, turn west on 6th, and north on B mid-day this Friday, September 23rd.
Davis Enterprise, September 21, 2011

DDBA "Blast." See DDBA's correction, after the jump

Minutes of the August, 2011 ONDNA Meeting (77)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Dennis Dingemans Commended For Neighborly Spirit (75)

Davis Enterprise, 9-15-2011
The September 15th issue of the Davis Enterprise prints a letter by Old North resident Elisabeth Sherwin commending our neighbor Dennis Dingemans for his work rehabilitating bikes for Davis newcomers.  

Elisabeth reports an important aspect of Dennis’ work, but this is, in fact, but a small part of the larger picture of his civic spirit.

That larger picture is that Dennis is a virtual whirlwind of community-minded  physical contributions and participation. To mention only a few matters I know about, he is a mainstay on the Boards/core groups of the Davis Cemetery, * the Yolo County Historical Society, the Hattie Weber Museum, and the ONDNA.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Neighborhood Traffic Calming, by Steve Tracy (74)


It looks like we need to rally around one more time.  There are three things that we should speak to before the Planning Commission this week:  Traffic calming to slow down cut-through speeding in Old North Davis, selecting success/failure criteria BEFORE the project is completed, and another year of delay in construction that has the schedule slipping yet again.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Housing Bubble Comes to the Old North: A Textbook Case (73)


In looking for something else on the web, I stumbled onto a textbook example of the recent housing bubble right here in our very own Old North Davis.