Mark Hinshaw

Mark Hinshaw is a retired architect and city planner who lived in Seattle for more than 40 years. For 12 years he had a regular column on architecture for The Seattle Times and later was a frequent contributor to Crosscut. He now lives in a small hill town in Italy.

What Italy Learned: Lessons from a Time of Senseless Violence

The rampant gun violence in America is incomprehensible from a European perspective, especially since it is occurring in a country at peace and not at war.

Italy — The Music Returns

"The music is back. Audiences are eagerly returning."

Travel Tips from an Expat in Italy

"High on most people’s list are three cities: Rome, Venice, and Florence."

Italy: Arts of, by, and for the People

Cities see their role as making culture widely available to everyone without imposing stiff ticket prices.

Dentistry, Italian Style

"This was dentistry in the era of COVID-19. And best of all, the whole process cost only 70 euros ($80)."

What Italy Can Teach Us About Beautiful Handmade Objects

So much of Italian culture and artistry is like the proverbial peeling of an onion. The more layers you remove, the more you find beneath.

Italy: Fast Language, Slow Bureaucracy (and a Personal Challenge)

Perhaps the greatest challenge I’ve encountered is not linguistic or social, but physical.

Italy — A Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

I often narrow my choices to salmon, mussels, tuna, or scampi. One cannot go wrong with any of these.

Italy — An American Expat’s Breakfast Blues

Doesn't Stanley Tucci's American upbringing ever cause him to crave hash browns? And is there an Italian version, perhaps with extra-virgin olive oil?

Off the Grid: How I reconsidered Calendars

What if you didn’t have a calendar to glance at every once in a while? What if it was a list of numbers, 1 to 31 displayed in random clusters?