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Sunday, July 5, 2020

When Port Townsend Needed A General Store

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Community-owned stores are more familiar in small Midwest towns, most of which sell groceries in what are sometimes called “food deserts,” rural areas that can’t support a supermarket. But mercantile stores are another matter.

After the Virus: Rome without Tourists

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I did not think it possible to go to Rome and not once hear English spoken. Yet,...

In a Small Eastern Oregon Town: A Demonstration of ‘Just Locals Fed Up’

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Opposition honks were a steady blaring of the horn, sometimes accompanied by a raised finger. Support honks outnumbered the other about 5 to 1.

Elsewhere: The Store-Fronted Home – Rediscovering an Old Idea

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In my career as an architect, urban planner and urban designer I spent decades talking about the merits of mixing uses together . But now I see this through a new lens.

Northeastern Oregon, Where Wearing Masks is a Signal

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The wearing and non-wearing of masks serves as a convenient statement in this rural county. Wearing one in town I definitely felt like I was signaling my tribal identity, which seems crazy, but there it is."

The Italian Model: How We’re Gathering Together As Lockdown Ends

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I have been taken by how everyone in the village seems to still be enjoying the public spaces. They are just doing this while being mindful of the safety of others. This attitude of collective responsibility is what we most noticed when we first arrived.

Extreme Distancing: A One-Man Island

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As the sole resident of Protection Island, the two-mile long bird refuge at the entrance to Discovery Bay, west of Port Townsend, Marty Bluewater has to be one of the best-distanced souls in Puget Sound country.

Italian Diary: From the other side of the Curve

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

Comparing British and American Pandemic Politics

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The British briefings on the pandemic come across as disciplined and professional with punctual timing, good clarity, reasonable brevity, and no impassioned hostility or displays of temperament. Certainly none of the speakers – even those suitably professionally qualified- would ever recommend to the public speculative but un-researched cures for the virus.

Elsewhere: Paris Cafe Culture Reinvents Itself at Home

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With people confined to their homes, unable to dine out, one result has been a boom in home cooking. Supermarkets are out of flour – baking is suddenly in.