Sunday, October 30, 2011

Is Old North Davis a “Walker’s Paradise?” (88)

The other day I encountered a curious and interesting website called “"--which is here:

As image 1 shows, you are invited to type in an address. In seconds it produces a “walk score” for that location.

I first tried the neutral address of 600 6th street and it popped out the score of 89, which it labeled “Very Walkable.” (Image 2)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The “Davis Neighbors Night Out” Program Preaches to the Choir & Neglects the Main Problem (85)


What follows is a copy of a letter I sent to City and UCD officials who organize the “Neigbhors Night Out” event.

To: Davis Neighbors Night Out Organizers (DNNO): Stacey Winton, City of Davis; Michele Reynolds, City of Davis Police Department; Gary Sandy, UC Davis

From: John Lofland, 523 E Street, Davis, CA 95616

Re: DNNO Falling Short

Dear DNNO Organizers:

I write to identify a key way in which Davis Neighbors Night Out falls short and to suggest a remedial line of action.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Addendum to the 5th Street Rehab Post, #80 (84)

DavisWiki photo

Since posting a note on rehab work on 5th St (#80, October 2), someone suggested to me that the work being done at 503 E might be the ironic consequence of the fact that the place was used as a “show house” for some two decades.

That fact meant that from a few dozen to a couple of hundred people packed the place and milled about in it several times a month year-after-year.*

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Council Candidate Brett Lee Out-Front on Neighborhood Quality-Of-Life Issues (83)

1. Brett Lee neighborhood quality-of-life planks

This last week, Brett Lee became the first announced candidate for the 2012 City Council election.*

I think his initially issued eight-plank platform is especially interesting from a neighborhood quality-of-life point of view.

That interest is generated by the fact that two of the eight planks focus on those issues--and do so in a positive way to boot.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Old North "Neighbors' Night Out," This Sunday, 4-6 pm (82)

Old North “Photo Map” Now a Slide-Show On This Blog (81)

For reasons I no longer remember, after I published Old North Davis in 1999 I was moved to devise a “photo map” companion to it.

This was a set of four tabloid-size sheets  (11 by 17 inches) folded into a booklet that showed each Old North building with some additional information, such as year built (when known).

The three photos show it folded and open.

It has proven to be physically ungainly and in order to make it more accessible and useful I have chopped the four tabloid sheets into eight letter-size pages and made them into the slide-show now running in the right side-bar of this blog.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Rehab Projects on 5th Street (80)


I am pleased to observe that the owner of the building at the northwest corner of D Street and the owner at the same corner of E Street have been performing quite visible rehabilitation work there recently.

The D street building--Newman House--has received a new roof as well as other carpentry work involving the windows. Some of this is shown in images 1 & 2.