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July 2009 – The Babuk Report

Month: July 2009

  • House of Terra Cotta

    Our house is somewhat like a “Chicago Bungalow” format from the 1920’s, though there are various things about it that are unlike other Chicago Bungalows.  For starts, it has one of three “boomtown fronts” found in Oak Park, which disguises a full second floor.  It also has a preponderance of terra cotta briq-a-braq.  We embarked […]

  • Cars with Lots of Real Estate

    A friend wrote in reply of my 4 July 2009 post “Big People. Little Cars. Tiny Houses. The Scale of our Neighbourhoods”, which spoke of our neighbourhoods being sized around our mode of personal transportation which, in modern day North America, tends to be our cars.  To quote Alex:                 “There are a couple of […]

  • Traditional Media vs Social Media, and it’s Similarity to Urban vs Suburban Design

    The recent passing of Walter Cronkite and the commemoration of the Apollo 11 lunar landing spawned much commentary about how as a culture, we’ve lost not just trusted voice and a collective goal, even the ability to dream. There are many indicators supporting this notion, even some directly related to the design of our cities. […]

  • Ten Hours in Toronto

    Spending ten hours in a city usually happens unexpectedly when your airplane connection is delayed.  This wasn’t the case here; this was planned in advance. I had a promotional plane ticket given for me, one that was going to expire this month.  It had to be used, City of Toronto garbage collectors’ strike or not. In […]

  • A Perfectly Suburban Afternoon

    Christopher Hume, the architecture critic for the Toronto Star newspaper, recently wrote of his ten most favourite streets in the “905 area code”, a euphemism for the Toronto suburbs. True to the title, he wrote only of the streets, not of specific buildings on the streets, but of the streets themselves, and how the backdrop […]

  • Rencontre avec Darrel G. Babuk – Architecte, spécialiste en réseau de transport

    Publié le 9 septembre 2006 In english:  some time ago, I was recommended to Christophe Loustau, Recipient of the prestgious Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship.  Christophe’s research project was to document the original New York City – San Francisco transcontinental railway across the United States.  I did an amalgamation of many of my usual railway & […]

  • Deux journées de folie en compagnie de Darrel Babuk

    session du 8 au 9 septembre 2006 In English:  some time ago, I was recommended to Christophe Loustau, Recipient of the prestgious Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship.  Christophe’s research project was to document the original New York City – San Francisco transcontinental railway across the United States.  I did an amalgamation of many of my usual […]

  • Big People. Little Cars. Tiny Houses. The Scale of our Neighbourhoods

    It was an odd conversation over the July Fourth barbeque.  One side started talking about the increasing waistlines of various people.  The other side was talking about my Mini, and their new-found interest in Microcars.  Then – like a flyswatter hitting a mosquito – the two groups found out about each other.  A sort of […]

  • Two National Holidays, One Week

    What could be more cumbersome to get things done and to maintain a schedule than two national holidays – one mid week, one on a weekend – in the same week?  Independence Day celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, signaling the creation of the United States of America. It happens on July 4.  […]