Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Picnic Day Without UCD? (127)

The March 28th Enterprise quotes a City official reporting that UCD “has started to consider distancing itself from . . . [Picnic] day altogether.” It does not “want to be associated with an event that is negative.” 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Scenes From the March 22nd ONDNA Meeting (126)

Photos by Cyndi Marshall (left) & Dennis Dingemans (right
From the left: Kathleen Groody, Valerie Wood, Danielle Monie, Steve Tracy, Dennis Dingemans/Cyndi Marshall, Sheryl Gerety.

Dennis reports: The “location is the Phyllis Haig Room of the Hattie Weber Museum . . . .  By my count, this was the 90th ONDNA board meeting I’ve attended as an elected officer.” 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

ONDNA 10th Anniversary, June 23, 2012 (123)

Sunday, June 23, 2002, some 25 Old North residents gathered at the Hattie Weber Museum of Davis and formed the Old North Davis Neighborhood Association.

In conventional reckoning, June 23 of this year is the 10th anniversary of that group.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

“Hyperlocal Marketing” Comes to the Old North: Nirav Tolia & “Nextdoor” (122)

Recently, the ONDNA adopted a software scheme called “Nextdoor” as a website of that organization.* 

I have been enthusiastic about the site and have helped recruit Old North residents to register on it.

But, when I got an unrequested email from Nextdoor urging me to post my photo on the site and trying to shame me by showing pictures of people who have, I began to ask: Who is Nextdoor and what is it up to?

Sunday, March 4, 2012

What Color is Old North Davis? (120)


A human social organization, such as a nation or a neighborhood, is a blank abstraction. Each invites, if not demands, elaboration.

Among elaborations are the colors by which it is to be known. For example, a nation may lay claim to a color palette such as red, white, and blue. Or, a school may boast, say, blue and gold.

The principle extends to neighborhoods. Thus, we might ask: What color (or colors) is the Old North?

This question moves from the theoretical to the practical whenever anyone undertakes to write in the name of “Old North Davis.”