These essays on urbanity were written between 1997 and 2014. Most, though not all, have to do with Los Angeles, a city much loved and much maligned, and justly so in either case. Although Sustainable City News, first home of most of these observations, is devoted to the structures of cities, these essays are less about urban development and more about urban cultures. More specifically, they are about the sensations of city living, and the relationships of people across time and space.
In them are examined issues of transportation and development, urban wildlife, the accidental poetry of city living, the discords of politics and plutocracy and the ways in which people of the different urban cultures react to them, and the often comical contretemps that all of us spark in trying to make sense of life, work, and love in an ever-busier and more intricate and interdependent society.