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.

Italian Diary: From the other side of the Curve

One can sense a collective sigh of relief that we may have beaten this awful thing.

Italian Diary: Flattened by the Curve

I can still see the beloved village pharmacist in his long white coat and with his flamboyant mustache, smiling broadly, and waving to passersby. But Patrizio was a victim of coronavirus.

Italian Diary: A Slowdown In New Cases

The effects of Covid-19 creeps closer even as the rate of new cases is declining.

Notes From The Italian Lockdown

We still say "Buongiorno!" albeit through layers of fabric.

Italian Diary: Coming Together In A Crisis

Our street market was cancelled but the fish truck still appears twice a week as it always did, attracting a village street cat that sits politely, awaiting its supper. People buy the freshly caught fish, but with a meter separation in between. The usual discussion of various fish ensues as always.

Italian Diary: Inside The CoronaZone Lockdown

Part of the government’s decree is to change people’s behavior for several weeks – long enough to slow or stop community transmission.

Corona-Cold Turkey: Crowds Quit Venice and the City Takes a Much-Needed Tourist Break

The disappearance of crowds due to the coronavirus scare might actually be good thing. No city can thrive on a monoculture of mass tourism.

Report From The Front: Life In Italy During The Coronavirus [UPDATED 3.3.20]

As I check in with various friends and colleagues in different parts of Italy, it seems most are being cautious and careful, but there is little real hysteria. But online is going crazy.

Italian Towns Reclaim Their Beachfronts For The Public – Here’s How

The key to opening up these Italian beaches to all walks of life is to tie together the promenade, bikeways, benches, existing open spaces, and broader piazzas for concerts and street markets.

Italy: A Culture of Civic Contribution

A major “pillar” of the Italian constitution obligates people to contribute to their communities. I had never seen such a noble public objective before.