These essays on urbanity were written between 1997 and 2014. Most, though not all, have to do with Los Angeles, a city much loved and much maligned, and justly so in either case. Although Sustainable City News, first home of most of these observations, is devoted to the structures of cities, these essays are less about urban development and more about urban cultures. More specifically, they are about the sensations of city living, and the relationships of people across time and space.
In them are examined issues of transportation and development, urban wildlife, the accidental poetry of city living, the discords of politics and plutocracy and the ways in which people of the different urban cultures react to them, and the often comical contretemps that all of us spark in trying to make sense of life, work, and love in an ever-busier and more intricate and interdependent society.
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About the Author
With eighteen years of journalism in the fields of transportation and urban sustainability, Rick has been a keen observer of America’s cumbersome (and ongoing) turn away from a freeway-centric suburban lifestyle and back to a more balanced, sustainable approach. This is particularly true in Los Angeles where, since the 1970’s, he has had a front row seat for the gladiatorial machinations of powerful interest groups over development, housing, and car and truck traffic. Through it all, he remains optimistic. His writing has been published in the Los Angeles Business Journal, Bicycle Times, Momentum, Cycling Mobility, the Audubon Society newsletter, and various literary magazines. Now he has begun exploring the emotional ramifications of theses changes in a series of novels and stories set in the dark hearts of the cities he loves, bringing to light the denizens of shadow as they struggle to survive and even thrive in America's forgotten backstreets.