Archive for the 'Scene From the Street' Category

The New Orleans Healing Center rises from the post-Katrina muck

My heart goes out to the victims of Hurricane Irene. I feel your pain. (And I promise not ask this inane question: Why would you live/rebuild where hurricanes can hit? I’ve been to Vermont. I know why you live there.) Six years ago, when the federal levee system failed in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, [...]

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Scene From the Street: Craftsman pillars with rock facing

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about a newly built Craftsman-type house whose pillars never received the rock facing I expected. I had watched this house go up in a local golf course community as I took my daily walk. Trouble was, as some astute readers (POD People) pointed out, I was watching the [...]

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Scene from the street: What’s wrong with this picture?

Out on my daily walk around a golf course community, I watched this Craftsman house being built. I watched it being framed and plastered and sided. I watched the windows go in and the roof go on. (This is the back of the house, the angle I see from the walking path.) All the while, [...]

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Scene From the Street: tiled mailbox

Got a square foot or two of 3/4-inch tile left over from your kitchen or bathroom project? Here’s an idea seen on a SoCal street. I’m not sure this will hold up in the sun.

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Scene from the Street: SoCal front-yard gardens

Here’s what was showing off yesterday in SoCal front yards. Hey, does anyone know what that thing is on the top left? It looks Australian.

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Scene From the Street: House numbers in a SoCal beach town

Another way to express ourselves: House numbers! (Photos: KPR)

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Doggie doo doo? Please don’t

Seen while walking . . . here are some ways urbanites try to keep dogs and their droppings off private property. Now if only dogs could learn to read, we’d be all set. Any other “doggie don’t” strategies?

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Scene From the Street: a Zen-like beast plotting to take over the yard

Walking through neighborhoods is so enlightening. You get to check out house colors you’re considering, or decorative stone faces, or architectural details. You can also see the real life of plants, far from the dreams and fantasies you harbor at the nursery, far from the lovely images of well-tended gardens in designer books and magazines. [...]

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