Baseball is my game. Not to play, curve balls were always a mystery to me, but to enjoy, whether in a ballpark or through a boxscore. I avidly follow the football and basketball fortunes of my alma mater, but I’m more alive in the spring and summer when baseball is being played.
Home ballpark of the Tennessee Smokies, of the same league as the contemporary Birmingham Barons
With a pair of friends, I take an annual vacation organized around minor league baseball. With big breakfasts in the mornings, brewpubs in the afternoons, and minor league ballparks in the evenings, and with a few urbanist sightseeing stops […]
Willie Mays Plaza in front of AT&T Park, San Francisco
Craig Calcaterra, a baseball writer with NBC Sports, recently wrote about the acceptance of change. He was specifically writing about changes within the game of baseball, but his conclusions can be applied to other areas of human endeavor, such as land use.
The article […]
Albert Park in San Rafael
The official Opening Day game of Major League Baseball has already been played. Over the next week, the other Major League teams and most minor league teams will also begin their regular seasons. With college teams having already played twenty or more games, it’s a fine time of year […]
I’m going to wax philosophical today. I’ve been writing this blog long enough to know that doing so isn’t going to change the world. And that’s okay. If I change the way just one person thinks about the land-use process, or about life, then I’ll have had a good day.
Many years ago, I was […]
Like many cities across the country, Petaluma may put a proposed tax increase on the November ballot. The great recession took a big chunk of the municipal budget and the economic recovery, although stronger than many had feared, hasn’t provided adequate revenue to address backlogged needs, some of which date from before […]
A senior league playing on Doubleday Field in Cooperstown
I intend to fully celebrate the connection of baseball and urbanism in 2014. I hope readers can join me for a game or two.
Every spring I struggle with how I feel about baseball versus urbanism. On one hand, baseball takes up a lot of […]
Werner Park and adjoining hayfield
I love the movie “Field of Dreams”. Many consider it overly sentimental, but I put it up there with “Bull Durham” as one of my two favorite baseball movies.
Much of the allure of “Field of Dreams” is the setting in an Iowa cornfield. For the movies, baseball in […]