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.)