Colorado Spring’s two new ruins

Ah, Sunday morning, the perfect time to hike around urban/suburban ruins. Most ruins lived some sort of life as, for example, a shopping mall, motel or a gas station. The ruins I walked around Sunday, however, haven’t lived yet. Let’s

Colorado Spring’s two new ruins

Ah, Sunday morning, the perfect time to hike around urban/suburban ruins. Most ruins lived some sort of life as, for example, a shopping mall, motel or a gas station. The ruins I walked around Sunday, however, haven’t lived yet. Let’s

Finally, an undead mall in Denver

I’ve written about dying, dead, undead and reincarnated malls all across the country, but I haven’t written about any in my adopted hometown of Denver. That’s because the Denver metropolitan area massacres malls. So far, about eleven enclosed malls have been

Finally, an undead mall in Denver

I’ve written about dying, dead, undead and reincarnated malls all across the country, but I haven’t written about any in my adopted hometown of Denver. That’s because the Denver metropolitan area massacres malls. So far, about eleven enclosed malls have been

Nashville public housing adventures

I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Nashville this past week. Yes, I sought out Nashville as a vacation destination. Okay, okay, part of my motivation included visiting a good college friend, but I had always wanted to visit Nashville

Nashville public housing adventures

I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Nashville this past week. Yes, I sought out Nashville as a vacation destination. Okay, okay, part of my motivation included visiting a good college friend, but I had always wanted to visit Nashville

Hummer haunts: What to do with old car lots?

Ah, the Hummer. An annoying—and delightful—tribute to American choice. For a long time, our local Hummer dealer served as a reminder that there are actually people out there who enjoy driving gas-hungry-hideously-ugly-in-a-cartoonish-way beasts and choose to spend wads of money

Hummer haunts: What to do with old car lots?

Ah, the Hummer. An annoying—and delightful—tribute to American choice. For a long time, our local Hummer dealer served as a reminder that there are actually people out there who enjoy driving gas-hungry-hideously-ugly-in-a-cartoonish-way beasts and choose to spend wads of money

Oldest solar home: phoenix or toast?

It was a normal start to your typical Tuesday morning: army crawling through a tangled subterranean mess of vents and wire in my yoga clothes, and ice climbing on a roof that was hit by last night’s frost. It was

Oldest solar home: phoenix or toast?

It was a normal start to your typical Tuesday morning: army crawling through a tangled subterranean mess of vents and wire in my yoga clothes, and ice climbing on a roof that was hit by last night’s frost. It was

Haunting vacant retail stores

When I was kid—oh so long ago in the 1980s and 1990s—my mom made us costumes. Yes, she actually sewed them. And if you didn’t have an inexplicable master of the sewing machine, (my mom’s a chemistry-loving pharmacist whose other

Haunting vacant retail stores

When I was kid—oh so long ago in the 1980s and 1990s—my mom made us costumes. Yes, she actually sewed them. And if you didn’t have an inexplicable master of the sewing machine, (my mom’s a chemistry-loving pharmacist whose other

teenager + suburb identity crises

Suburbs can be like annoying teenagers: both seem to go through identity crises. For teenagers, it may be coloring their hair or piercing various body parts. For cities, it is finding every way they can to color and pierce city infrastructure. Here are just a few examples of the many ways suburbs try to break away from the metropolitan family.

teenager + suburb identity crises

Suburbs can be like annoying teenagers: both seem to go through identity crises. For teenagers, it may be coloring their hair or piercing various body parts. For cities, it is finding every way they can to color and pierce city infrastructure. Here are just a few examples of the many ways suburbs try to break away from the metropolitan family.