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‘Wrestling With Moses’ relives remarkable city planning battle

Wrestling With Moses

I recently read “Wrestling With Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City.”

There were many great lessons in this book, which I recommend not only for planners but for historians and fans of politics. The tales of battles between Jacobs and Moses were well represented in the book. Times have changed so much from the 1960s – I suspect that most of what Jacobs and her committees accomplished would be fodder for social media in today’s world. Continue reading

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‘Richmond’s Unhealed History’ reveals unsavory side of Byrd, Godwin

Harry F. Byrd statue at the Virginia Capitol Square

Harry F. Byrd statue at the Virginia Capitol Square

I’ve been reading Richmond’s Unhealed History by the Rev. Benjamin Campbell. It is a fascinating look back through the more gruesome and dirty details in the history of the settlement and development of Virginia and Richmond.

This is the kind of history you didn’t read in your grade school textbooks and I highly recommend the book.

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Taking urban planning lessons from ‘The Car and the City’

Patterson Avenue, east of Three Chopt Road.I recently read The Car and the City: 24 Steps to Safe Streets and Healthy Communities by Alan Thein Durning. The book was written nearly two decades ago and focused primarily on the Pacific Northwest, but many of the points made by the book are still relevant to today’s urban planning all over the country. Continue reading

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New book: ‘Discovering Richmond Monuments’

Cover of Discovering Richmond MonumentsI am the photographer for a new book about Richmond statues, monuments, markers and sculpture entitled “Discovering Richmond Monuments: A History of River City Landmarks Beyond the Avenue.”

Unlike much has been written about the Civil War heroes that line the world famous Monument Avenue, the pantheon of tributes at the Capitol, the outstanding accumulation at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the noteworthy tombs at Hollywood Cemetery this volume discovers nearly 100 honors that are positioned elsewhere throughout the city. Continue reading

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Richmond Statues: Working on a book!

I’ve agreed to contribute many of the photos of Richmond’s statues I’ve taken over the years to a new book that will focus on the lesser known statues around the city.

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