How Done Is This Page? #
Not very done. Things I create go through a 5-step process, and some things never get out of the first three steps:
- Capture fragments of ideas as quickly as I can. Phrases, pictures, lists of links, error messages or quotes that sparked thoughts <– you are here
- Reorganize the document into something that has some visible structure or progression.
- Share the document with a small group (maybe just 1 person!) along with context, relying on their trust in me to help them “see past” some of the more glaring errors and holes in what I’ve created
- Take a few days away from the document while the person(s) are reviewing it.
- Return to the document, make edits/updates based on feedback and my own “flushing” it from my mind.
- Re-share with a wider group, test for efficacy
- If all seems good, the document is done! It does what I wanted it to do.
I wanted a little bit of a “scratch pad” where I can list ideas and observations in an easy-to-share way.
Some of the genesis for the ideas contained here will be things I see go by in NextDoor, or conversations I partake in with friends and family.
I think about networks and systems. Cities are complex systems; the city of Golden is no exception.
Here’s one of the most important documents I’ve ever read: https://how.complexsystems.fail/
Josh, how does all of this apply to Golden?
I’ll explain as we go.
Important and/or Relevant Books #
- Within Walking Distance: Creating Livable Communities for All, Philip Langdon
- A Better Way to Zone: Ten Principles to Create More Livable Cities, Donald Elliott
- Antifragile, Nassim Taleb
- The Problem with Political Authority, Michael Huemer
- Seeing Like a State, James C. Scott
- Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles
- Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design
- Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front
- The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
- The Privatization of Roads and Highways