This page exists because I used to work for the best alternative weekly in the world, Washington City Paper, and I supposed that I’d stay in journalism. I didn’t. I do still freelance occasionally, and writing has been a cornerstone of my job no matter what I’ve done.
Professionally, I was the voice of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s blog, Quick Release, from 2012-2014, and the primary producer of content for Remix’s blog, Planning Better Transit, in 2015. I’m still proud of being behind things like this.
Since moving to Cleveland in 2016, I’ve been able to speak more about what I do, and about the systemic factors that impact transportation and planning. Most recently, in May 2018, I was on Strong Towns’ The Week Ahead podcast, yattering about dockless bikeshare. You can also hear me on The CLEcast with Clevelanders For Public Transit organizer Akshai Singh about race, equity, and land use; on Strong Towns’ webcast about invisible bike riders; at Strong Towns’ 2017 summit on why bikeshare won’t save your city; and at Cleveland 2030 District’s Building Education Series on alternative transportation. In December 2017, I delighted in being a debater at Turncoats D.C. #4, “Save History From Preservation.”
I’ve also worked on a few grassroots policy reports: Bike Cleveland’s An Active Transportation Vision For Cleveland (July 2017) and Clevelanders For Public Transit’s Fair Fares campaign (February 2018). For the former, I researched and wrote major sections of the document; I also laid it out and copy edited it. For the latter, I provided some very high-level advising at the onset and merely made it look nice on the page before the campaign kicked off.
Perhaps you might also wish to subscribe to my newsletter, which I send on the last day of each month. It skitters between things that people are used to me talking about (housing, transportation, gentrification, cities), things that I care about personally (music, skincare, food), and the things I am consuming (books, art, movies). I also always include a photo of my cat, who is very cute.
- Here’s What You Can Read If You’d Like to Think About Cities In Exactly the Way That I Do (a condensed and less-insane version of this is also on Places Journal!)
- 2017 In Stuff
- Against Corporate Urbanism In the Heartland
FOR STRONG TOWNS
- Homeownership For Whom?
- Time to Get Rid of the “Complete Streets or Bust” Mindset
- Blame the Infrastructure, Not the Person Biking
- How Affordable Housing Is Like My Skincare Routine (it started here!)
FOR CITY OBSERVATORY
- Gentrification isn’t ending. We must rise to meet that challenge.
- Challenging the Cappuccino City: Part I: A New Premise?
- Challenging the Cappuccino City: Part II: The Limits of Ethnography
- Challenging the Cappuccino City: Part III: Cultural Displacement
FOR CLEVELAND MAGAZINE
- Road Warriors: The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority may soon be in danger. We need a big, inspirational idea to save it.
- Course Correct
- Housing First
- Why Are We Such Cold-Weather Wussies?
- Taste Maker: Does Cleveland Need a Food Identity?
FOR THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE
- In Defense of Dorms For Grown-Ups
- Why the RNC Won’t Do a Thing For Cleveland
- Shutting Down Subway Lines Is What Grown-Up Systems Do
- It’s Not Cool to Argue About Whether D.C. Is Cool
- What Cities Need to Understand About Bikeshare Now
- The New Deal Landmark That’s Cannibalizing Itself
- Touring Civil Rights History on Two Wheels
- How Mass Transit Helps Convey the Future in “Her”
- We Won’t Get More Women on Bikes Until We Have Environments That Cater to Them
FOR GREATER GREATER WASHINGTON
- 503 Survey Respondents Asked For More Dockless Everything
- All Transit Riders Have A Choice
- GGW Discusses: Gentrification Versus Displacement
- Urban hipster? Longtime resident? We all need an affordable place to live
- Wal-Mart, urban design, Main Street, jobs, and eye care
- Gentrification needn’t displace if we do more than shrug
- Great Hall’s new look could accentuate its past
FOR WASHINGTON CITY PAPER
As published in dead-tree editions
- Café Olé: How Counter Culture Took Over D.C. Coffee (Feb. 8, 2012, Young & Hungry)
- Sometimes a Bike is Just a Bike: On the Symbolism—and Politics—of Bicycling in D.C. (Aug. 4, 2011, Washington City Paper cover; also featured in the Summer 2012 issue of The Bicycle Reader)
- Artispheric Ambitions: Did Arlington’s New Resident Arts Center Expect Too Much? (June 23, 2011, Arts Desk)
- Radio Daze: Why, and How, WMUC Should Declare Independence (May 4, 2011, Arts Desk)
- Vegetable Underground: D.C.’s First Gray Farmers’ Market Goes Legal—By Accident (Jan. 26, 2011, Young & Hungry)
As published in dead-tree editions
- Elizabeth Gilbert at Sixth & I Synagogue
- Pere Ubu at Rock & Roll Hotel
- “The Alien’s Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C.” at the Corcoran
- Comics-Making Studio at Artisphere
- Face to Face at Black Cat
- Speedy Ortiz at Comet Ping-Pong
- Lemuria at Black Cat
- Tour de Fat at Yards Park
- Runcible Spoon Party at Blind Dog Cafe
- Sloan at Black Cat
- “Detroit is No Dry Bones” at the National Building Museum
- “The 1 Party” at Artisphere
- “House and Home” at the National Building Museum
As published on the Internet
For Arts Desk
- H Street Playhouse Reveals New Anacostia Home: 2020 Shannon Pl. SE
- H Street Playhouse to Move East of the River
- The Time I Interviewed The Promise Ring’s Drummer and My Voice Recorder Quit
- Much Dithering at the Building Museum and O Street Studios About Artist Spaces
- I.M.P. Productions Asked BYT to Change Its Morrissey Contest Language
- BYT Replaces Suicide-Note Ticket Giveaway With Login Screen
- That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore: BYT Asks Morrissey Fans to Write Suicide Notes
- Listen: Lorelei’s “Hammer Meet Tongs”
- The Poster Spotter #1
- The Anacostia Arts Bridge? Four Thoughts on Reusing the 11th Street Bridge
- Rene Moffat’s “The 42 Bus” Offers a Rather Nonsensical Portrayal of Public Transit
- Black Tambourine to Record EP of Ramones Songs
- What LUMEN8Anacostia Will Occupy
- Anacostia’s LUMEN8 is Temporium-Crazy—In a Good Way
- The Lincoln Gets Programming That Could Actually Draw a Crowd
- Arlington’s Plan to Save Artisphere: Rent It Out
- Artisphere’s First Birthday, and What it Means for Rosslyn
- DC Shorts: Human Kindness—Or Not
- Hip Shots (D.C. Fringe): Mitzi’s Abortion
- Lunafest, Reviewed
- Arlington Cultural Affairs Head to Artisphere-ize New Brunswick
- D.C. Flag Tattoos We Don’t Endorse, Even for Voting Rights
- Foxes in Fiction Skips D.C. on Tour, Gets Geeky With D.C. Metro Map
- WMUC No Longer Totally Screwed
- WMUC Fights to Stay on Air
- In Which Record Store Day 2011 Will Be Pretty Low-Key
- In Which Radiohead Could Possibly Leave Its Fans High and Dry
- Tomorrow, Museum of Censored Art Trails Into NPG’s Shadow
- The Red Palace is Almost Ready
- Mount Pleasant the Band Vs. Mount Pleasant the Neighborhood
- Dupont About to Be One Yarn Store Richer, One “Exotic Boutique” Poorer
- Reviewed: The Evens at Fort Reno
- Howard Theatre Restoration Means a Major Music Venue for Shaw
- Uniontown Bar & Grill Shut Down for Not Paying Rent
- Are U Street NW Restaurants “Swagger-Jacking”? Maybe, but Our Conversation Needs to Go Deeper
- House Committee on Relaxing the Height Act: Worth Tweeting About!
- Harriet Tregoning Busted for Unbagged Bike on Metro
- Titan of Trinidad—Revealed?
- What the Examiner Should’ve Written About Capital Bikeshare
- Charles Hurt’s Bikeshare Rant is Sexist, Too
- Nail Polish for Locavores: Studio85’s District of Columbia Collection
- Why Bikeshare Data Doesn’t Speak for Everyone on a Bike
- D.C. Council Treats DDOT Confirmation Hearing Like ANC Meeting
- Too Hot for D.C. Government!
- Be Your Own Bikeshare Restocking System
- DDOT Officials Hit the Road
- Read: Sidwell Friends Sued Over Alleged Affair
- Anacostia River Report Card: Mostly Fs
- Vanilla City?
- This Summer, It’ll Be One City for the Kids
- Catania’s “Over the Counter” Birth Control Isn’t Actually Over the Counter
- Easier Access to Birth Control Won’t Alleviate High Cost of Medicine
- Future of Medical Marijuana in the District Slow-Moving and Hazy
- F-16s Zoom Over District Seeking Small Commercial Jet
- To Those Interested In Same-Sex Marriage: Carry On!
- D.C. Medical Marijuana Framework Still Very Partially Baked
- Hostile Packages Make Their Way to D.C. Postal Facility
- Packages Go From Suspicious to Hostile
- Bag Tax Only Raises $2 Million, But So What?
- Media Matters Wants You to Drop Fox Like It’s Hot
- EPA to D.C.: Clean Up!
- Dangerous 18th St. NW Intersection Slated for Improvements
I also wrote daily Neighborhood News Roundups, aggregations of news and chatter from D.C. blogs and neighborhood email lists.
For Housing Complex
- Five Feelings About the Anacostia Streetcar
- Substantial Streetcar Discussion! Is Anacostia Done Saying ‘No’?
- Next Wave of D.C. Cycling Infrastructure Will Be Pushy
- D.C. For People: Jan Gehl Says Old Folks Should Ride Bikes Too
- Barry Not Helping With DDOT Streetcar Charm Offensive
- Fun With Pie Charts: Vacant Property Edition
- In the Battle of Barney Circle, Could There Be a Middle Ground?
- Far Southeast Will Gladly Take Your Sidewalks
- Putting Substance Over Spectacle to Help D.C. Residents Understand the Market
- Storytime with George Hawkins: Lead Scares, Boiled Water Alerts, and DC Water as More Than a Utility
- A Tabard Win: Historic Preservation Sends Follies Hotel Back to the Boards
- MTA Tightens Screws on University of Maryland’s Purple Line Recalcitrance
- Caution: Woodley Park Condos Are Larger Than They Appear
- Dispatch From College Park: Transit Administration’s Plan Flops
- Mixed-use Development and a Bike Trail, Too: Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood is Looking Up
- Open House Hopping: It’s Better Than Brunch
- Barney Circle: God Willing, A Smooth Road Ahead For Historic District
For Young & Hungry
- Boozy BORF Beverage Wins Y&H’s You Call That an Artini? Contest
- Does This Cocktail Make You Horny? Casa Oaxaca’s Besamo Mucho
- Weekend Crowd Crams Round Two of Grey D.C. Market at Local 16
- Perpetually Low-Priced Eggs Out of Easy Reach of Most D.C. Residents
- D.C. Grey Farmers Market Steps Out From the Shadows