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Thursday, July 15, 2010

I'm a Cherokee Person

Just last week, I attended the Pecha Kucha night that took place at the Contemporary Art Museum. I saw Mike Glodeck there - proprietor of one of the city's best coffee joints, Foam. We had a brief discussion on what was the next step for Cherokee Street.

Mike mentioned that the street needs more people living on, not just around, it -- more stakeholders, in other words. He's right. Misguided zoning of the modern era sought to make commercial districts businesses alone; corner storefronts only residential; etc. The intermixing of uses and users on the same urban block is the essence of city life. No one street or space belongs to any particular group. It is quintessentially public and shared, whether you're a lifelong resident who lives above the bakery or you're the person stopping in for some fresh-baked bread.

I'm excited to say that, as of today, I'm living on Cherokee Street (Foam is now my neighbor!). What that means for you, dear reader, who has been scratching his or her head wondering what has happened to this blog, is that I will once again have my own space. This blog should return to its normal life shortly. No excuses.

8 comments:

AnnieMac said...

Congrats on the new place!

I'm happy that you found a place but sad I missed Pecha Kucha :)

Lyndsey said...

Muy bienvenido!! Nice post - great to check out your blog. It was good to meet you albeit briefly last night at the Shangri La! & Hope to see you around CAMP @ Open Studios.... peace!

Alissa and Eric said...

Welcome to the hood! I've enjoyed the blog for a while, and you picked the right place for an energetic conversation about urban living.

Adam said...

congratulations, matt! oh, the jealousy... also, wanted to say thanks for all the baltimore suggestions - they made for a very fun couple of days. LOTS of walking. anyway, enjoy your new place!

Mark Groth said...

Great news! Foam is probably my favorite latte in town.

Doug Duckworth said...

I don't think it's fair to write off the people around Cherokee as not being stakeholders.

Danielle said...

I was hoping you would pick Cherokee!

Chris said...

The Chinese agree! I think.

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