Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Old North Upkeep 6: Discussion (235)

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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
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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
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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)

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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.”   

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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)

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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: