Ada Books

Vital Little Plans Book Launch

Come celebrate the publication of Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs with co-editor Sandy Zipp and myself. The night will include a brief reading, light refreshments, and lively conversation. Books will be available for purchase.

Urbanspace Gallery, an Architecture Center

Architecture Centers: Building Urban Awareness

Nate’s presentation will explore his work with “architecture centers”—a new kind of museum that builds urban literacy, connects professionals to the public, and addresses current affairs in real time.

Restoring Providence Mansions

Jane Jacobs on Gentrification

Multiple articles about gentrification seem to spring up every week, and Jane Jacobs inevitably haunts nearly every one. Yet writers never seem to mention Jacobs’ own perspective on gentrification.

My evolving daily route

Groundhog Day: Learning from Routine

What if you could relive the same day over and over again until you got it right? It sounds like fantasy, but much like Phil in the film Groundhog Day, we become experts at the things we relive every day—routines like commuting.

Zebra Crossing

Zebra Crossing

Since I moved to Providence, I’ve admired its beautiful network of zebra crosswalks.