Merry Christmas Miscellany

By Aaron Renn
Published: December 22, 2011
The Urbanophile

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone. I’m heading off for a holiday break and will return in 2012. I plan to enjoy the time with family and friends and hope you do to. To give you at least a little something to last you, here are a few things you might want to check out.

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The Case for Congestion

By John Norquist
Published December 15, 2011

Yogi Berra once said, “nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

It’s certainly true that people complain about congestion. Yet it’s just as true that popular destinations tend to be crowded. Fifth Avenue in New York, Market Street in San Francisco, Chicago’s Michigan Avenue and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills are all congested, but people keep coming back to shop or hang out.

Congestion, in the urban context, is often a symptom of success.

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Between the Lines

By Dave Gardetta
Published: December 1, 2011
Los Angeles Magazine

Anyone scanning Disney Hall’s debut calendar in the fall of 2003 would have noticed the size of that first season’s schedule, 128 shows in all. That’s a weighty number for a new hall—one might have assumed it was chosen by venue management wanting the gravitas of a world-class chamber’s arrival or perhaps seeking a broad spectrum of music that could reflect the diverse city. Those guesses would have been wrong.

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Catching the Breeze

By Guy Martin
Published: December 2011
Garden & Gun Magazine

I had been on the ground in San Antonio for maybe a day when I heard the story that Tommy Lee Jones had allegedly–allegedly–introduced his architect and fellow Texan Ted Flato with the sentence: “Ted Flato builds the best damn barns in the country.”

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