Friday, August 6, 2010

Last Book Club Posting

Here is my Friday column for the Dallas Morning News book club blog. The theme for the day is "anything goes" so I might have gone too out there. I don't think any regular readers here will be too surprised by anything there as it is mostly repackaged thoughts that have found a home on this blog before. I guess if this blog is an extension of what is on my mind, that seems inevitable.

Looking back on the week that was, I quite enjoyed exploring new topics even if I framed them all towards a purview I was more comfortable with, ie urbanism. We were told to keep posts to 350-words, but when given the go ahead by the editors, most of mine ended up pushing 1,000 just behind a "read more" jump. Who can possibly express a thought coherently in a couple hundred words?! More concise, better writers than me, I suppose. But if all writing is at least somewhat self-indulgent, as with all indulgences, oh I indulge. Let the several million words on this here blog be exhibit A.

An excerpt:

In City (re)building, as soon as the lenders figure out how to evaluate land potential properly, which is directly related to the key element of urbanity: connectivity and all of its various permutations, we can once again be off and running economically. My hope is that we can get to a world where growth means something more than just getting fatter. It means getting smarter, getting better, as a people and a City. Where it improves everything around it, does not diminish quality of life for others, the character of a neighborhood or the City, the environment, but rather is additive. Only then can we fully unleash the true power of capitalism, where growth is profitable economically, environmentally, aesthetically, and socially.

Imagine a form of wealth generation with auxiliary profits where buildings function as trees and produce their own energy, if not more. Or, where a factory acts like the soil where its processes result not just in intended product but also in clean, potable water as an output. That is the kind of world I want to live in, in 2050.