One night I went to a party in an artist’s apartment in Pilsen. In that little sunken basement apartment we watched a belly dancer go into a mystical gyrating dance. I liked it so much I wrote an article about the dancer.
I received a journalism fellowship in ’04 to traverse Europe’s farm markets, but I couldn’t break away til the fall of ’06. I saw cows, goats and pigs in five countries and talked to farmers who leave their wild boars to eat acorns in the forest. I learned about chestnuts in Italy. I produced little journalism from it but wrote this little essay.
Planners are now devoted to building up the city around rail stations, and if it can be done in metro Dallas can be done anywhere. The movement to station density was just getting started around many metroplexes when I wrote this article for Urban Land.