Fazenda Fortaleza

Américas, Oct '05

Américas, Oct ’05

I visited this estate several times while working in Sâo Paulo during the autumn of 2004, which was spring in Brazil. It’s a big coffee estate that Marcos Croce wants to return to the old organic ways and even improve them with new knowledge. I found the place and the people fascinating and wrote this story.

The Hitch In The Plan

Illinois Issues, Nov '06

Illinois Issues, Nov ’06

A guest essay in Illinois Issues, November 2006, appearing shortly after the consolidation of the two regional agencies for Chicago. I argued that the underlying divisions remained, and that regional planning would not become truly effective until internal unification of the whole agency under its board occurred. My opinion caused something of a stir, evoking a couple letters in response. The full essay is here.