Remaking Union Station

Remaking Union Station

Union Station should be a top infrastructure priority of the City of Chicago. It can become the centerpiece of a highly interconnected transit system, one that serves all parts of the city, the metropolitan region and the whole Midwest. It’s the single most...
Masdar City

Masdar City

This aspirational city in the Abu Dhabi desert continues to plan and build. It may become a ‘greenprint’ for urban development if it indeed achieves very low or even zero-carbon. My editor at AramcoWorld pushed me to find metrics. I wrote about the place,...
Seiter family of Scranton and Conway

Seiter family of Scranton and Conway

This family history tells about three generations of Seiters on their farm in Arkansas. It comes from my mother, Mary Magdalen Mammoser née Seiter, who told me many of her memories from childhood.   Scranton years My grandparents William and Crescentia Seiter had...
A crack in the code

A crack in the code

The arcane controversies of planning codes will never stir up much excitement. But I wrote this article to show planners at work, grappling with the world as it is, facing the constant challenge of bringing ideas into practice. The article, published in Planning...