A faint hope is that England can regroup around Gary Neville, Terry, Carragher, Gerrard, Hargreaves, Rooney (if he shakes himself) and Michael Owen when he returns. But even The Reliables must know the public is lurching between anger, boredom and despair. A 5-0 spanking of Andorra will not alleviate the malaise.
The bridge beyond the poetry wars - and beyond clicktivism - alsoled us to an essential collaboration with English PEN, which was started byH.G. Wells and John Galsworthy in 1921. The first worldwide association ofwriters, PEN was formed with the central idea that freedom of expression isthe responsibility of writers and readers, and that the loss of that freedomanywhere is a loss everywhere. Over ninety years, alongside PEN Internationaland its 145 national centres, it has campaigned in multiple ways for thefreedom to write and freedom to read, but Catechism was a first: their firstcampaigning anthology. While the Writers at Risk campaign frequentlypublishes translations of writing by those who have been imprisoned,disappeared or murdered, this was the first time their website had hostedpoems written by UK and international poets in support of imprisoned writers,and with the aim of reaching those writers. One of English PEN's Writersat Risk, Philo Ikonya, contributed a riotous poem in collaboration with hertranslator, written at the PEN International World Congress in South Korea.
The article misses the point of what new urbanism created and contributed to not only suburbs but to traditional cities as well. The mixed use zoning it introduced and was pioneered in Kentlands by the City of Gaithersburg contributed much to rethinking the zoning codes even within central cities (which had tried to isolate residents from business districts and still are reflected in many sections of urban DC). The use of a mixture of housing styles and price points that encourages diversity is something that was not present before new urbanism. The return to designing communities to encourage interaction among its citizens with many subtle but important factors such as garages in alleys, placement of public space, connecting sidewalks (sidewalks themselves), reuse of historic buildings, etc were all brought into the discussion again by the new urbanist movement. New urbanism brought folks back to thinking about public space as more than just about transport and more about connections.
After living in Kentlands/Lakelands for over ten years, I can tell you it is one of the most diverse, connected walkable and transit accessible communities I have experienced. While it could have additional younger, single individuals, all other demographics are well represented along with different incomes and racial backgrounds. While there are $1 million houses, condos and apartments can be found that start as low as $250k. There are over 40 unique restaurants with various cuisines. The Kentlands Downtown is one of the few places that local upstart businesses have the opportunity to open without the corporate world of traditional suburban development due to the individual live/work units. There are over 200+ business in the Kentlands Downtown. The entire downtown area has evolved over time and will continue to do so based a master plan that was and is forward thinking. The Arts Barn provides regular access to unique artists, including an artist in residence program. A major private employer is across the street with over 1000 jobs and the county has opened up a central office for many departments on the other side. Access to bus routes (walkable), MARC commuter rail (bike), and Shady Grove (car) is generally under 10 minutes. Several residents commute by bike, have offices in the Kentlands Downtown or work from home. All major errands can be accomplished within the Kentlands. The community regularly holds concerts, runs, group bike rides, trick or treat events, and holiday events. There is a Foundation that runs several activities including a community chorus. I could go on, but the point is Kentlands and new urbanism have and continue to offer a lot including to those in traditional cities. Done correctly, there is a vibrancy that is created in these places that I will produce some of the best public spaces anywhere.
Use the bike directions on Google maps to see how many jobs are within a 15 or 20 minute bike ride of Kentlands. There's the Quince Orchard corridor, NIST, the Rio Center, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, and Johns Hopkins to name a few. Frederick Ave. and central Gaithersburg are within a 25 minute biking range.
(cont)There are often units for rent and purchase. Can those for purchase be bought by an LLC or 501(c)3 (say, a Jewish or Christian school) or does the HOA have final approval? In many, many ways these are just suburbs. 2b1af7f3a8