Sunday, December 9, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
This post is a link to the current Davis History Today post which tells the curious story of how four people who once resided at the Old North’s 512 E Street are all important benefactors of Sutter Davis, complete with their names on plaques in the hospital and the 2030 MOB.
The post is here:
Sunday, November 18, 2012
For whatever reason, something called “A Change of Pace Foundation” elects to route several thousand plodding joggers/strollers past my house of a Saturday morning the week before Thanksgiving every year.
Needless to say, it is the sort of thing that tends to get one’s attention, as it did on November 17th.
Such massed humanity that seems already stressed after lumbering/strolling hardly two blocks invited snap shots from my front deck.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
In a recent post (#168 on Septembert 30), appreciation was expressed for the neighborhood improvements represented by remodeled and new decorative fences along 6th street.
Happily, we can be grateful for even more improvements, in this case represented by house re-paintings.
This repainting (using the same colors) on 6th Street is completed:
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Once in a great while, an Old North Chat and Davis History Today post are equally suited to either or both blogs.
Such is the case for this week’s Davis History Today post, which is in part about the Davis Food Co-op and in part about when groups do or do not celebrate their histories.
Both are appropriate Old North Chat topics, albeit for different reasons in each case.
The post can be read here:
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
I have posted several times on “public art” objects seen in Old North yards.*
This is a topic that in turn raises the question of: What front yard decorative objects are or are not “public art?”
My current answer to that question begins with the idea that front yard decorative objects vary along two dimensions.
A. Uniqueness of the object: Is it thought to be the only one of its kind or not?
B. Function: Is it purely decorative or expressive or does it also have some utilitarian function? Is it a tool or not?
If we “cross-classify” these two two-value variables, we identify the four types of objects seen in the “four-fold” table shown here.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A number of people have pointed out to me that at least two residents of the ON have begun to use our preciously few parking places as spots for the long-term storage of multiple trailers owned by each.
It is possible for people essentially to appropriate the streets for the storage of private property because it is legal in Davis to leave a licensed vehicle at a curb for 120 hours (five days). (The relevant portion of the City Code is reproduced in #1.)
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
I do not like to be picky, but perhaps we ought to be a little concerned when our City Staff puts a city map on the city website and does not notice that the name of one of the town’s historic neighborhoods is wrong.
I refer to the current website map titled “Davis Neighbors Night Out 2012” plotting locations of “night out” events on which Old North Davis is called “Old Davis North.”
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
On or before August 26th, the N District parking sign at the northwest corner of 6th and G streets was unscrewed from its base and left on the ground in the planting strip at that location (post # 158, Sept. 2). (Photos 2 & 3.)
It lounged there for more than a week and, apparently becoming bored with the scene, has begun to meander up G Street.
As of September 11th, it had made it to the vicinity of 617 G, where I observed it relaxing in the gutter. (Photo 1.)
Monday, September 10, 2012
I notice that two signs have been posted on the light pole at Junk/Free Corner at 7th and C streets asking people not to leave “unwanted goods” in “this space.”
This is an impressive assertion of a desire to upgrade Old North public space. I laud this initiative because we need a great many efforts of this kind.
Unhappily, this effort is, so far, anonymous. It would be excellent if the proposers of an improved corner identified themselves so that we could tell them directly how much we support them and provide them whatever real help we can muster.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
For at least a month now a rusty, white trailer has been parked at the curb near the northwest corner of 6th and E streets.
Large chalk marks on one of the tires reading “8-12-12” with an arrow pointing to the ground might mean that someone called the parking police, who marked it for illegal parking.
But, the way the arrow does not quite point down suggests the trailer may have been moved slightly and therefore never cited (even though the law specifically disallows such slight moving as a way to escape a ticket).