ABOUT the ADDENDUM
The Addendum is an occasional blog about cities, culture, books, writing, photography, and painting. Here is where I post my thoughts and reflections, updates about projects I am working on, and other original content.
The blog takes its name from small publications that were inserted into books with corrections, additions, and expansions, allowing a book to be updated without reprinting; The Addendum serves much the same function for this site.
Author Archives: ABC
Over the last year or so — and especially lately — there’s been a lot of rhetoric tossed around over TriMet. Between a bad editorial, a near-miss on a labor action, and lots of Internet drama, I think it’s time … Continue reading
Is the knowledge of fringe, obscure historical remnants like these traces of the former industrial past of the Central Eastside — and the stories behind them — part of the uniqueness of Portland cultural DNA? What makes up the cultural … Continue reading
It’s time for Portland’s transit leadership to stand up for the region’s vision. Over the last two years, as the economy shrank, local transit services here in the Portland region have been taking serious criticism. A number of narratives have … Continue reading
Is Eugene’s Bus Rapid Transit system, EmX, a model for how to build such transit lines? Only if outward appearances matter more than function. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) bemuses me. For years, I have watched as bus manufacturers invented a … Continue reading
Michael Andersen recently quit his day job as a newspaper reporter to start a mini newsmagazine for the Portland area’s “bus, bike, and low-car” population. Transportation politics — especially bike and transit politics — can be fascinating stuff, especially to … Continue reading
The VooDoo Donut Bacon Maple Bar. Gourmet? No. Unique? No. Portland? Yes. Among my many interests are food and culture, and as a result I often follow blogs and online discussion forums with culinary themes, sites like Good Stuff Northwest, … Continue reading
Amtrak’s Empire Builder, seen here at Shelby, Montana, is not a train from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest, but basic public transit for rural America. Photo: Chuck Taylor. Over the last year or so, there’s been a lot of attention … Continue reading
Urban renewal, like any land-use improvement methodology, has conventions or habits. Conventions are meant to be a framework for success, a recipe that, if followed properly, will yield good results. Conventions, however, tend to become canonical and restricting after a … Continue reading
Via the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, Professor Thomas Pettit describes the decentralized media world of Social Media to be a world that is largely like the pre-Gutenberg era. Petit describes the matter in a video on Vimeo: Thomas … Continue reading
With the urbanization of both America and the World at large, a lot of attention has been given to the health and development of cities. Urban renewal, neighborhood revitalization, and economic development all have become the paramount topics of land … Continue reading