What Are Streets For Newsletter

Jon Boyd
Urban history, land use, and transportation
Created 14 Nov 2020
  • Book Review: One Billion Americans
    31 Dec 2021 • 5 min read
    Other book reviews: Angie Schmidt, Right of Way Steven Barleen, The Tavern I am a long-time reader of Matt Yglesias. I started reading his commentary when he worked for the Center for American Progres...
  • Book Review: The Tavern
    27 Dec 2021 • 4 min read
    Book review: Steven D. Barleen, The Tavern: A Social History of Drinking and Conviviality (Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2019). Other book reviews: Angie Schmidt, Right of Way Drinking establishments ...
  • Bagby Street, Houston, TX
    21 Dec 2021 • 12 min read
    Bagby Street refers to a pair of discontiguous right-of-ways in Houston. One of these is a funnel for receiving arterial traffic from west into downtown and is renamed as West Dallas as it changes dir...
  • The Values and Uses of Streets
    14 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    There is a tendency for property owners and residents to treat streets in a proprietary way. My street is something more than a dry invocation of a possessive pronoun. It is no mere quirk of speech. M...
  • An Elite Mansion, A Courthouse, and A Brewery
    24 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Correction: the original post identified the posted map as the 1869 Wood Map. It is the 1873 Birdseye Map. I apologize for this error. According to Louis Aulbach, Peter Gabel started his brewery on Pr...
  • Book Review: Right of Way
    16 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Edited for grammar and style, 16 and 19 November 2021 Reviewed: Angie Schmidt, Right of Way (Washington: Island Press, 2020). A popular book with a focus on traffic safety in the United States is long...
  • Restaurants in Victorian Houston
    02 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Edited on 5 November 2021. I posted a few brief essays about Victorian residential hotel and boarding houses. Hospitality proprietors in Victorian Houston operated restaurants, too. Yet this was an em...
  • James Cain and Mobility: Mildred Pierce
    19 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 0 1
    For James Cain, mobility is futile in one sense because it always brings him back to Glendale. Critics generally associate Cain with Los Angeles, but I have referred to these three novels as the “Glen...
  • The Original Rice Hotel
    05 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    The northwest corner of Main Street and Texas Avenue is the location of one of Houston’s most interesting real estate palimpsests. There were two consecutive developments known as the Rice Hotel on Bl...
  • My Next Reading List
    28 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    Fall 2021 Bold text indicates books read. Steve D. Barleen, The Tavern: A Social History of Drinking and Conviviality (Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2019). Added 3 December 2021. Reviewed 27 December ...
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