February 3, 2012 · 12:01 am
By the early to mid 1970s, something was wrong with rock and roll.
It no longer fought the system. Worse than that, it had become the system. Bloated. Detached. Pretentious.
Performer and audience, once fused in a mutual quest to stick it to the man, now existed on separate planes — an increasingly complacent generation sucked into the service of pomp and circumstance. And the shared experience of joyful rebellion? Replaced by pompous, weed-soaked, middle-earth mysticism.
Rock and roll needed to get back to basics. What country pioneer Harlan Howard characterized as “three chords and the truth.” Enter punk rock.
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Filed under Development, Planning and Design, Public Policy, Resilience
Tagged as affordable housing, aging in place, Bob Gibbs, Bruce Tolar, Charles Marohn, charrette, Chuck Marohn, cottage square, Easton Town Center, greenfield TND, Ian Mackaye, incubator retail, Joe Strummer, Joey Ramone, katrina cottage, Led Zeppelin, Principles of Urban Retail, punk rock, retail consultant, roundabouts, Santana Row, Scott Doyon, Strong Towns, town center, workforce housing, Yes
August 5, 2011 · 11:45 am
August 11 will be a landmark day in the South Mississippi communities still recovering from the 2005 mega-storm, Hurricane Katrina. And it’s about time.
On that day next week, 18 days shy of the sixth anniversary of the storm, the development team behind the Cottages at Oak Park in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, will host a ribbon cutting for 29 rental units that represent the latest evolution of an idea born in the Mississippi Renewal Forum following the storm.
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Filed under Architecture, Development, Public Policy, Sales and Marketing
Tagged as Ben Brown, Bruce Tolar, cottage square, Cottages at Oak Park, Hurricane Katrina, Mercy Housing, Mississippi Renewal Forum, Ocean Springs
January 14, 2011 · 11:51 am
I’m big on small.
Ever since the 2005 Misissippi Renewal Forum in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, I’ve been beating the drum for Katrina Cottages and cottage neighborhoods. Most recently here and, in 2009, here.
I haven’t exactly been a voice in the wilderness. In fact, I wasn’t even among the early wave of advocates. Continue reading →
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Tagged as Ben Brown, Bruce Tolar, cottage neighborhood, cottage square, katrina cottage, Marianne Cusato, Mississippi Renewal Forum, Ocean Springs, Ross Chapin, Sarah Susanka