Sunday, April 29, 2012

Living in A Tent At 600 6th St. in 1932: Early Old North Resident Winston Williams Dies (140)

In perusing the Davis Enterprise some days ago, my eye caught--in the obituaries--the name Winston William Williams. At first I did not recognize who that was, but then I saw that he was the son of Faye Vance Williams Smalley.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Meeting on 5th Street Redesign Tonight, Steve Tracy’s Offer of a Ride, & Criticism of the Design (139)

More Steve Tracy Nextdoor-posted thoughts on the 5th Street redesign appear after the jump.

The previous thoughts he refers to as available by scrolling down are posted on the Nextdoor site, but perhaps available by linking, here:
They are also available on this blog, just below, as post #137 dated April 20th.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Two Aspects of 2012 Old North Picnic Day: 1) Nothing Much Happened and 2) Its Threat Increased Neighborhood Solidarity (138)

Two aspects of the much-anticipated 2012 Picnic Day are most striking to me: 1) the lack of much happening that day and 2) Old North neighbors’ positive collective response to the threat presented by Picnic Day.

l) I think most observers agree that, compared to last year, this year’s Old North Picnic Day is hardly worth mentioning. Although there were a few incidents, the day and evening were notable for their relative lack of large and loud parties, roaming and screaming drunken groups, and vandalism. There was an instance or more of each of these, of course, but not on last year’s scale.*

Friday, April 20, 2012

Steve Tracy Analysis of the 5th St. Design Posted on ONDNA Nextdoor (137)

This post reproduces from the ONDNA Nextdoor site ONDNA president Steve Tracy’s suggestions for improving the proposed 5th Street design. That design will be discussed at a public workshop this Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 pm, at the Police Station. His analysis is after the jump. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Astroturf or Grassroots Lawn Signs in the 5th St. No-Man’s Land? (136)

On Wednesday, April 18, lawn signs reading “. . . Souza for . . . Council” appeared on the front yards of many of the student rentals lining 5th Street between F and Miller.

Had this mass flowering of political preference taken place in almost any other location in Davis, I would say it showed the grassroots fervor of the people living in the homes. The residents of each home had individually sought out and put up each sign.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

ONDNA April 19 Agenda, March 22 Minutes (135)

Misleading SEZ Signs Disappear After One Day (134)

After observing a SEZ sign on my block Monday morning (post #131, below), this afternoon, Tuesday, I observe it is gone--as are the ones on F and D.

Wonders of wonders, could someone in authority actually have admitted that the signs made no sense installed where they were?  

Armed Robbery at Radio Shack (133)

Enterprise website, April 16, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

List of SEZ Sign Locations (132)

Continuing from Post # 131, while at Public Works I asked for a map of where the SEZ signs will be placed. There is apparently no map, but here is a list sent me. (This is a screenshot from Excel. I can send the Excel file to anyone who might want it.)

Picnic Day “Safety” Zone Signs Being Installed, But Send a Misleading Message (131)

1. E St. at 5th looking
Early this Monday morning, April 16th, I saw that Public Works had just installed a “Safety Enhancement Zone” (SEZ) sign on my E-500s block. It is shown in Image 1.
Notice that it faces toward 5th Street and Downtown and reads “Entering” the SEZ. That wording is of course incorrect. Instead, from where one can read the sign, one is already in that Zone.

I checked around the ‘hood and found the same misleading placement of signs on G and D, the only others I saw in the Old  North at the time I looked.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Camp Kesem People “Flock” a Second Old North Lawn (130)

After installing its collection of lawn decoration birds on the 503 5th Street lawn last week (post #128, this blog), the Camp Kesem people moved its “flock” to the lawn of 642 D Street last Saturday.  

Monday, April 2, 2012

The “Flocked” Lawn at 503 5th Street (128)

As shown in the accompanying snapshots, the lawn at 503 5th Street was “flocked” April 2 or thereabouts. The meaning of this activity is explained on the Camp Kesem website under the tab “flocking:” See:
I also paste a copy of that page here.