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: