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Another look at my hometown: A snail would move quicker

Downtown Carmichael

I’ve previously written a couple of times about my hometown of Carmichael, near Sacramento. Once I noted its supposed turn to urbanism that, while laudable, seemed wrongly focused. Later, I bade it farewell as my mother sold the family home and moved away.

But hometowns, even those that are the antithesis of […]

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Saying goodbye to a hometown

Fair Oaks Boulevard

In my last post, I wrote of my mother leaving the long-time family home in Carmichael, near Sacramento. It was a big change for her, but she’s handling it well.

It’s also a big change for me. I may not be doing as well.

It’s often said that one’s hometown is […]

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What’s a NORC without a NORC SSP?

Long-time family home

A few month backs, my sister and I helped my mother move from the family home of 48 years into a senior living community.

Mom was doing well in her home, still mentally sharp, eating well, and engaged with friends. She adjusted after my father passed away five years ago and […]

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Northern California tour: Carmichael, one step forward, one step back

Downtown Carmichael

Over recent weeks, I’ve been recounting a Northern California daytrip I took in late February. My goal was to look, however briefly, at destinations that I hoped would offer urbanist insights. I began my day with stops in Suisun City, Woodland, and Freedom Park Road in North Highlands.

Today, I reach the […]