Threads of Popular Culture in Design

I’m really intrigued by the way popular culture influences design. We see it every day: film, music, art, literature, and even video games informing our surroundings. It’s not a new phenomenon. Companies used to underwrite radio programs in the 1930s...

Thoughts on Parking and Mobility

I talk a lot about using data to solve seemingly intractable urban problems and blog about my company’s work using analytics to guide transportation policy. Our cities are a living, breathing organism. Our streets are the arteries, and people, goods, and various...

Lost and Found 2: A Christmas Story

Earlier this month I posted part of a story by an unknown author that my parents found when we moved to a house in the woods. I promised to share the anonymous author’s words from time to time. Today I’m picking a page that really speaks to the true nature...

Approaching David Bowie’s 70th: A Mix

Next month (January 8th) would have marked David Bowie’s 70th birthday. His music touched fans and artists alike. To prematurely celebrate a life well lived and a bright light prematurely snuffed, I created a mix of songs by the Thin White Duke himself, a few of...

Lost and Found

We moved to an older house in a woods when I was a teenager. The prior owners, an elderly couple, left an amazing library of books. Among those books were pieces of several unfinished manuscripts, fragments of stories, some typed and some handwritten, set in Chicago....