Bill Cunningham R.I.P.

June 26, 2016

The wonderfully individualistic fashion photographer Bill Cunningham died today at the age of 87. I will miss his constant presence in the NYT.  Here is the trailer to a grand documentary made about him a few years ago.  I saw the whole thing just a few months ago.

Night Music: I Fall To Pieces

June 26, 2016

The New Community Plan

June 26, 2016

I have now read through the full Grandview-Woodland Community Plan once and, in general, I find myself encouraged by much of what I read. It is certainly a significant improvement over the 2013 Emerging Directions draft.

While the devil is in the details — and that will take a closer read over the next few days — my position at this point is that many of the assumptions and directions underpinning the Plan seem to be fair and reasonable. Therefore, my analysis will start from a position of approval with just a number of edges needing to be improved, buffed and polished.

That being said, my main complaint throughout this excruciating four year business has been that the process was at fault: It was the complete lack of community discussion about land use that caused the public outcry against Emerging Directions; and the replacement process, the non-transparent and unrepresentative Citizens’ Assembly (CA) nonsense kept most community residents and activists at bay for a year, creating yet more division and upset and resentment.

This failure of process continues to this day. While the “experts” at City Planning needed (or at least took) a full year to analyse and decode what the CA and other discussions meant, the residents are now given just a few weeks and a couple of Open Houses (we remember how useful they are!) to make their own judgement of a final Plan that is almost 250 pages long.

The deliberate asymmetry of power continues.

Happy Birthday, Sam!

June 26, 2016


It is hard to believe that my youngest is now 40!  Happy birthday, son. Love you!