March 2010 Archives
Steve Lackmeyer posts a 1964 article on Oklahoma City's Classen Blvd by Phillip Morris -- "I'm stunned at the discovery of this 1964 article - stunned at the depth of discussion of urban planning, stunned at the foreshadowing of issues to follow, and quite frankly, uncertain what to make of it all." -- and it leads to an excellent discussion of urban design ideas, a discussion that includes the author of that 1964 story. One especially interesting aside by Morris:
"FYI, the City of Birmingham (truly a center city wrapped by close suburbs) used urban renewal only for UAB expansion, but in the 1980′s established more than 20 design review districts overseen by a single board with guidelines written with input from property owners (who must organize and formally request the designation before public improvements are made). They are titled "Commercial Revitalization District" and do just about everything you would in a local historic district -- but without the red flag name. Incrementally adds up over time, but only where the economic base supports development."
'Martin said she then entered into about a 2-minute debate reminiscent of Obama's meeting with another Ohioan, Joe Wurzelbacher (aka "Joe the Plumber"), telling him she worries about the long-term implications of his sweeping legislation. She told the president he was focused on insurance reform, as opposed to the rising cost of health care, which she believes to be the fundamental problem. Martin stressed her view of the need for tort reform. She also noted: "He said things like, 'Medicare is not going to be affected by this bill,' which is not right."' (Via Ace.)
Pianos have changed since Beethoven's day. A visit to the Franklin Historic Piano Collection in Ashburnham, Mass., and audio of the "Moonlight" and "Appassionata" sonatas and works by Brahms and Debussy on contemporary pianos, compared to the same works played on a modern Steinway.
Home page for the classic radio comedy of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding. You can buy a thumb drive with the complete Bob & Ray audio archive -- 90 hours, 1837 routines -- for a mere $349. Bob & Ray audio is also available for download at Amazon MP3. Bob & Ray are (is?) on Facebook, too. And here's a New York Times story about Bob Elliott, his son Chris ("Get a Life"), and Chris' daughter Abby, a featured player on SNL.
Self-produced biopic of one of Tulsa's eccentrics: "The man has no personal relationships we can detect, outside of the few people who work for him and the car-parts customers he frequently abuses on the phone. His past is an enigma, and the basis of his anger, which he admits to, is a secret. Without some kind of insight into what makes Biker Fox who he is, it's all a bit shallow, if frequently entertaining."