Sunday, December 9, 2012

Car Parked Overnight By My House, Oh My! (181)

# 1

The Davis Police Department is now using the NextDoor website scheme to broadcast crime prevention advice. This is seen in the alert on auto burglary sent to 28 neighborhoods excerpted here as #1.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The 2012 GREAT LEAF FALL Began Nov. 28th (178)

Leafs began to fall in trickles in the Old North many days ago, of course, but the rain storm starting on Wednesday, Nov, 28th initiated the traditional and dramatic

in our neighborhood!

The cascade was so dramatic I could not resist taking some snapshots of it, which I post here.*

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Four Historic 512 E Street Residents Are Sutter Davis Benefactors (177)

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

Plodding Masses on E Street, Saturday, Nov. 17 (176)

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.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

More Improvements, by Lyn Lofland (174)

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

The Davis Food Co-op & Celebrating Group History: A Cross-posting From Davis History Today (173)

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:

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Old North Yard Decorations (171)

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

ON Resident Opportunity to Meet With City Officials This Sunday Afternoon at 642 D (170)

I am told that various City officials--including police officials--have promised to appear at the “Night Out” event described below. This is an opportunity for us to voice our neighborhood concerns to them.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Storing Trailers on ON Streets: Problem or Not? (169)


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

New Fences on 6th Near D Are a Significant ON Improvement (168)

Some months ago, the homeowners at the northwest corner of 6th & D added a nicely done, streamline moderne-ish style fence to the existing fence next to their 6th Street sidewalk. 

Let me offer a belated expression of appreciation for that neighborhood improvement.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The City of Davis Renames Old North Davis “Old Davis North” (164)

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

N District Sign Meanders Up G Street (163)


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

New Era at Junk/Free Corner? (162)

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.

Square Tomatoes Craft Fair, Sept. 16 (161)

OND Neighborhood Yard Sale Sat. Sept. 15 (160)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Mystery Trailer Parked at 6th & E (159)

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).