The annual tradition of the giant New Year’s Eve popcorn ball drop is back, but this year it’s bigger and better. Every year, the Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop creates a massive popcorn ball to drop at midnight to ring in the New Year.
Archive for December, 2019
Derek Sivers: A new day begins when I wake up, not at midnight. Midnight means nothing to me. It’s not a turning point. Nothing changes at that moment.
The Mandalorian is over, so what is there for Star Wars or Marvel fans to watch on Disney Plus the next year? Not much at all.
Mr. Schneeberger was as big of a fan of the city he grew up in as he was of soda, said his wife.
Don’t let the weight of your job squash your sense of self.
A 6,000-square-foot, 10-bedroom Victorian mansion could've been yours for only $50,000, but there was one catch: You had to put together a restoration proposal for the historic property in order to be considered.
Death of Melanie Panayiotou not being treated as suspicious, say police
A few days ago, I took my two older boys to a small stage production of A Christmas Carol. Afterwards, me being me, I decided to read up on Charles Dickens and
What we learned from the spy in your pocket.
The systems highlight how widespread surveillance has increasingly become a fact of life: Students âshould have all the rights, responsibilities and privileges that an adult has. So why do we treat them so differently?â
Michel Cohen made millions selling art and lost it all trading stocks. Desperate and in debt, he stole more than $50 million by double-selling famous paintings. Then he disappeared. In her new documentary, Vanessa Engle recounts Michel’s story and her 17-year search for the missing art dealer.
Catcher calls it 'only appropriate' that his HOF plaque bears the STL logo on his cap, but he pays tribute to Brewers and Braves, too.
China is trying to impose its views on our society. We should stick to our values.
The unit best known for killing Osama bin Laden has been converted into a global manhunting machine with limited outside oversight.
The Navy investigation of a highly decorated platoon leader who now faces court-martial found a subculture that prized aggression and protected wrongdoers.
A woman from Tulsa, Okla., with no place to go for the holidays became a painful reminder of the isolation felt by many older Americans.
The cultural industry that the 1977 film spawned has ground its original charm and wonder out of existence.
Meditation has reached an interesting place in Western culture. It’s popular, well-reviewed by clinicians and scientists, and most people seem to have tried it. Yet for all the acclaim meditation receives, it’s not very common to actually meditate regularly. As […]
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Large swaths of our cities were built to reflect a post-World War Two boom that was an economic anomaly. But that party is long over…and, in many ways, wasn’t that great to begin with. So why do we keep romanticizing the past rather than thinking about the cities we need now?
A recent study on the “perception gap” between America’s two major parties gives some hope that, at least at the local level, we can find ways to work together, despite our differences.
Until America gets its infrastructure priorities straight, the last thing we need is to pump more spending into a broken system. 2019 felt like a breakthrough year for our call for #NoNewRoads, one in which we had more influential allies and receptive ears on this point than ever before.
The Missouri city is the first major one in the U.S. to offer no-cost public transportation. Will a boost in subsidized mobility pay off with economic benefits?
Most neighborhoods face a stark choice between the trickle or the fire hose: either virtually no new development or investment, or cataclysmic change that leaves a place unrecognizable. We need to get out of this destructive dichotomy.
Public officials trying to make their city’s street more humane are often thwarted by the professional engineers giving them advice. If that’s your city, it’s time to make a change.
Product vision comes from a place of experience and daily practice. Not long ago, I led product development at a fast-growing tech company in London.
My friend Eric Barker recently pointed my attention to an intriguing paper published earlier this fall in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. It
Best of 2019: If We’re Not Going to Maintain What We Have, Then Why Bother Building Anything New? — Strong Towns
The mentality of “easy to maintain” needs to be replaced with a question of whether something is “worth maintaining.”
Sandpoint, Idaho eliminated its downtown parking minimums 10 years ago. Since then, at least four projects that could not otherwise have happened have brought new vibrancy and economic productivity to downtown.
I asked my daughter a simple question on the way to school one morning. Her response gave a valuable kids-eye-view of the neighborhood…both as it is and as it could be.
Professional planners are trained to yearn for tighter urban design controls, as if cities without comprehensive, top-down planning would devolve into chaos and disorder. In reality, cities evolve according to mechanisms that allow us to gradually discover optimal urban design across time.
Often, what prevents the incremental development movement from taking root in a community isn’t lack of will, knowhow, or resources. Here’s how a change to Miami’s parking minimum rules opened the door for small-scale development in The Magic City.
A few weeks ago a viral tweet went around asking, “There’s only one month left in the decade… What have you accomplished?” If that question strikes you as uncomfortable, you’re not alone. Both the tweet and its tweeter have since […]
In cities like New York, Paris, Rotterdam, and soon San Francisco, car-free streets are emerging amid a growing movement.
Besides the sweet-natured giant yellow bird, he also played the misanthropic bellyacher Oscar the Grouch.
Pagination is one of those things that almost everyone gets wrong for two reasons: User experience Database performance Here's why. What's wrong with pagination? Most applications blindly produce pagination like this: This is how GMail implements pagination. With my current settings, it displays 100 E-Mails at a time and also shows how many E-Mails there…
Welcome to the weird world of medical billing.
Toward the end of class today, one of my students asked me what advice inspired by my books I'd give them as they headed into the university's final exam period
Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… A few days ago, Ian MacDougall came out with a New York Times/ProPublica piece on how consulting giant McKinsey structured Trump immigration policy. Lots of people cover immigration. I’m going to discuss why the government buys overpriced services from McKinsey. (Spoiler: It goes back to, of course, Bill Clinton.)
The city has changed drastically over the past 40 years, yet the M.T.A. map designed in 1979 has largely endured.
The most recent issue of The Atlantic includes a fascinating article by Jonathan Haidt and Tobias Rose-Stockwell. It's titled, "The Dark Psychology of Social