Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Public Social Life in the 5th & C Streets Area As Described by Melody Bowers (241)

C Street resident Melody Bowers recently addressed the Davis School Board on the topic of the intensity of public social life in the 5th and C streets area.

I thought it was an insightful treatment and I posted remarks on it on Davis History today at:

And, I upload a video of the talk itself to Youtube, which can be viewed here:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Resident Interest in Old North Neighborhood Matters as Measured On the Nextdoor Website & Implications for a Democratic ON Citizen Group (240)

In this post I try (I) to guage the level of Old North resident interest in the area in which they
live and (II) to relate this level to the possibility of there ever being a democratic group that validly expresses neighborhood views.



Browsing through the list of what Nextdoor labels “Neighbors” on its Old North application of the Nextdoor scheme, questions regarding some of the entries come to mind:

Friday, April 18, 2014

Downtown Property Owners Present to City Council a Plan to Extend X Permit Regulations into Old North (239)

In the City Council Public Comment period last Tuesday, April 15, several “Downtown Property Owners” presented a 17-point “Parking Plan” centrally involving Old North.

Reproduced here, the first and seemingly keystone item is to:

Add X permit parking in old North Davis immediately. (New signs are not needed. A small “X” tag or sticker can be used. Current parking preferences for residences could be maintained.)

If this proposal extends X permit parking into the Old North following the form used in the western part of the Downtown, this means that no one will be able to park outside an N-space more than 90 minutes most important times and that residents would even be confined to N-marked spaces for longer periods. Student commuters who park in Old North would be out of luck for more than 90 minutes most of the time.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Two Meetings on Old North Citizen Affairs Scheduled for April 17, 2014 (238)

Behind the password wall of the private website called NextDoor, two meetings on Old North citizen action have been announced for April 17th. One is to begin at 5:30pm and the other to begin at 6:30pm.

Details appear after the jump.

It is unfortunate that there seems to be no truly public announcement of either of these meetings by either group. But one can “get into” NextDoor by giving any Old North street address (perhaps a G Street business address) and any name you like, it is my impression.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Additional NextDoor Dan Quickert Statement on the Thursday Versus Friday ONDNA meeting (237)

Additional Dan Quickert statement on the pending ONDNA meeting reposted from Old North Davis NextDoor at his request.
The original of this statement and those related to it can be read at the website Old North Davis Nextdoor. Anyone who provides (claims) an Old North street address (resident or not) can register for admission to the website. Go to:

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Old North Upkeep 6: Discussion (235)

When I began researching this series, I envisioned the concluding post as a substantial treatment of the features, causes and consequences of ON upkeep.

But, as time has gone by and I have contemplated the data we see in tables 1 through 8, my zeal for interpretative conclusions has waned.

I now lean, instead, to offering a single concept related to these data and otherwise leaving interpretation to readers.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Old North Upkeep 5: Owner-Renter Differences (234)

Like other small cities hosting a mega state university with numerous students squeezed
into rented residential properties, Davis has a rich lore focused on “student renter" derelictions.

The counts I have done allow us, in a modest way, to attempt to assess the degree to which there is any truth in this lore.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Old North Upkeep 4: Variations by Face Block (233)

In addition to further comparing ON to other areas, I think it of use to contemplate how it
varies within itself by “face block” in upkeep terms.

By “face block” I mean the area along a street between two intersecting streets. For example, the 600 numbered residences on C Street between Sixth and Seventh streets form a “face block.”

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Old North Upkeep 3: Compared to Nearby Areas (232)

A 76% positive upkeep score for ON, of course, prompts the question: What does that mean?

Is that “good” or “bad?”

Well, I guess it depends upon the context in which you compare it.

From among comparison contexts, I think it is reasonable use three well-known neighborhoods near ON.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Old North Upkeep 2: Measuring (231)

In encountering a neighborhood for the first time, we form impressions about such matters
as the degree of its affluence and its level of maintenance or “tidiness.”   

At one end of the spectrum, we might be impressed that an area consists of very large and immaculately maintained homes on spacious lots that are lushly landscaped--even manicured. At the other end, we might observe disheveled shacks on tiny plots with ill-maintained, if any, landscaping.

This spectrum of course consists of the two variables of degree of affluence and level of maintenance. Both are obviously important. But I want to put affluence to the side until the end of this series and to focus on the related but separate variable of maintenance--or, for brevity, upkeep.

I have been curious about how that variable might be both displayed and measured in the Old North (ON) area of Davis.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Old North Upkeep 1: Introduction & Overview (230)

This post is the first in a series of six that address the topic of the level of home and landscape maintenance in Old North. People use a variety of words and phrases to refer to this matter. These include state of repair, conservation, preservation, and upkeep. I like the crispness of the term “upkeep” and it is the one I feature in this series. The topics of the posts are as follows.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Hubert Arnold of 533 E Street: Significant Figure in Old North & Davis History (229)

The illustrious Hubert Arnold lived at 533 E Street from the late 1940s to his death at age 82 in 1994.

In researching the six episodes of fluoridation policy debates in Davis history, I discovered that Professor Arnold was the intellectual leader  (as well as a community organizing leader) of the science-based critique of fluoridation in five of these events spanning 1960-1991.

I report on this in Davis History Today post number 145, which can be read here: