As long as there is land, a bulldozer can’t be far behind. I’ve lived in Tampa Bay since 1969 and I’ve seen sprawl swallow up acres faster than a python devours rabbits in the Everglades. There must be a better way to manage growth. That’s why I write about architects and city planners with better ideas for urban design.
Good urban design must be baked into my psyche. I’ve been fortunate to reside in two cities designed by visionaries who let the natural beauty of the place guide the plan. I grew up in Buffalo, New York, a city planned by Fredrick Law Olmstead; as a young adult, I moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, a city designed by Olmstead’s protégé, John Nolen.
Today, I live in Largo, a city in the center of Pinellas County, a peninsula, sticking out like the thumb of a right-hand glove into the Gulf of Mexico. As sea levels rise and hurricanes get more fierce, how will coastal cities adapt? Since I live here, I’m part of this grand experiment. A hundred years ago, Bauhaus modernists showed the world how to plan with the environment. I’m partial to modernism and sustainable architecture because it suits Florida.
I’m a writer, professor, wife, mother, sister, and gardener. I own a modest house with a big backyard on a cul-de-sac where a creek flows behind the neighborhood. My Florida friendly landscape attracts birds, raccoons, butterflies, and cats. Lately, I’ve been watching an owl nesting in the owl box.
I sometimes paddle my kayak in rivers and waterways around Florida. I live two miles from The Gulf of Mexico and some of the most spectacular beaches in the world.
I hope you’ll follow me for updates from where the sand meets the sea.