Archive for June 2014

Localist Roundup: Smorgasbord

Recently, the USDA announced a new federal initiative encouraging local food. This article takes a somewhat critical view of New Urbanism based on the recent Congress in Buffalo. Meanwhile, this piece encourages urban renewal projects to wo...

FPR Conference: Get Your Ticket Now

The fourth annual Front Porch Republic conference will examine ways to promote a more comprehensive localist vision that both learns from and goes beyond the increasingly successful local-food movement. It will feature Wendell Berry as the ...

A Happy Thought

The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings. Robert Louis Stevenson, A Child’s Garden of Verses In my edition of A Child’s Garden of Verses, the illustration next to this short poem titled ‘...

Getting Detroit’s Goat

When a city’s situation is as dire as Detroit’s a certain amount of creativity is required. Enter the goat. And then enter Detroit’s bungling mismanagers. Read the article, but don’t forget to read the comments.

Love: Needs, Risks, Opportunities

Love – it draws out the timeworn clichés and greeting card verse in us, yet it is serious and necessary and hard. Without it, there would be no popular culture; without it, there would be no culture at all. Without love, there would be no u...

On the Nightstand

Two books right now, one fiction and one non-fiction. First, the fiction: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. I re-read this one (revisit it?) every few years. Brideshead is quite different from Waugh’s other novels like The Loved O...

Localist Roundup: Pernicious Parking Lots

This article examines how local farms are expanding their business to serve local institutions, mainly schools. Meanwhile, this piece describes obstacles to implementing the USDA standards that encourage local sourcing for schools. In other...