The Deleted Scenes

Addison Del Mastro
Urbanism, culture, idiosyncrasy
Created 06 Apr 2021
  • A Small Town With a Big Department Store
    29 Nov 2021about 10 hours ago • 2 min read • 1 0
    This post is inspired by a week-long trip I took up to New Jersey in October, to explore my hometown and the surrounding area with my professional interests in urbanism, land use, and place in mind. I...
  • How Many Places Are Worth Living In?
    27 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Last week for the subscribers-only weekend post, I recounted an interesting series from 2016 over at Strong Towns, with some unconventional and contentious thoughts on why certain expensive cities (in...
  • New and Old #33
    26 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    Turn, Turn, Turn, Notes from the Underground, Jason Segedy, April 16, 2020 It’s been long enough now that it’s interesting to go back and read early-pandemic writing. That has sort of become its own g...
  • Ribbing and Ragging
    25 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 4 2
    Technically, I don’t write on holidays. But there haven’t been many since I started here the week after Easter of this year, and, well, I write on holidays anyway. If only to send out a thank-you for ...
  • Buildings With a Drive-Thru
    24 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    Today’s building is in Flemington, New Jersey, along the main highway running into town. It isn’t terribly unique or interesting, so I’ll jump into it. Here are three views of the building, which is a...
  • Does "Overdevelopment" Exist?
    23 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 3 2
    I asked this question on Twitter recently, and it sparked a very good conversation. Addison Del Mastro @ad_mastro Urbanists/housing folks: Is there any such thing as "over-development"? October 21st 2...
  • When Small Towns Wanted Tall Buildings
    22 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 3 0
    Recently in my hometown of Flemington, New Jersey, I spotted these buildings on Main Street. I’ve already suggested the significance of this in the headline, but just take a look at the pictures. I’ve...
  • Necessary But Impossible?
    20 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    I recently came across this 2016 series on Portland’s high housing costs by Charles Marohn, at Strong Towns. As you know if you’ve been following this newsletter for awhile, I’m a big fan of Strong To...
  • New and Old #32
    19 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    Dance Till We Die, The New Atlantis, Ari Schulman, Summer 2021 I happen to have an essay in The New Atlantis myself, in the fall issue, which just went un-paywalled. Take a look, but I’ll be doing a f...
  • Hilltop Hotel Rises
    18 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 2 5
    It’s always nice to see a story like this. It’s about a pending rebuild and reopening of the shuttered and dilapidated Hilltop Hotel in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The Hilltop is a famous, old-fashi...
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