"The field suggests that if Scissorhands-esque cookie-cutter subdivisions and HOA lawn standards are all that’s oppressing you, then you’re doing well—it’s uncontrolled growth that leads to real problems. In film, this is the Robocop argument:
if we don’t plan cities, chaos and crime will grow, criminals will take over the streets and, contra Metropolis, we’ll eventually need a robot to clean up."






ON CULTURE:

"IMAGINARY METROPOLIS" Oregon Humanities, Fall/Winter 2013
"BURNING BUSHES" Oregon Humanities, Spring 2013