Annie Dillard said that “how we spend our days is how we spend our lives”.

Despite our built environment determining most of what happens in our lives - how we feel, who we see, how much we move - in much of the U.S. places are often designed and developed haphazardly. In the best case this results in unpleasant places. In the worst, it results in places that are dangerous and degrading.

This newsletter explores why that is out of a sense of curiosity. More importantly, it explores how to use what we learn to build better places. Aristotle advised that “The purpose of knowledge is action, not knowledge.”

This newsletter is about striving to understand how and why things are the way they are while also thinking about and experimenting with solutions.

If you’re someone who thinks we can and should try to build better neighborhoods and cities, follow along.

Joel

P.S. I’m a Ben Franklin super-fan, so you can expect some of that too.