An Open Letter to the Western Half of the United States

An Open Letter to the Western Half of the United States

This is specifically to the fine states of Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, California, Arizona, Texas, and Oklahoma — thank you all so much for your hospitality over the past couple of weeks. We had a fine time on your roads, from interstates to dirt roads to a bit of Route 66. Your natural wonders are amazing, and your cities are as varied as your terrain. We’ll definitely be back, though we probably won’t visit all of you again.
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In Defense of the Suburbs: I’m guilty as charged, making this an interesting read.

Oakland History Lecture: Greetings from Idora Park!: Idora Design shares some insights and great historic images of Idora Park, probably the cutest neighborhood in Oakland, CA.

Unhappy Hipsters: photos from Dwell Magazine, recaptioned.

Relive the NYC of 1924 Using Space-Age Machine of the Future!: wow, high-res aerial photos of NYC from 1924 through 2008.

Frederick C. Robie House: happy birthday to this iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, which turns 100 years old this year.

Tulsa Art Deco Museum: an ambitious-sounding museum seems to be in the works in Tulsa; via Art Deco Buildings.