I love the Eastern Sierra. I can’t get away from it. Even though I don’t live in the Eastside now, I spend much of my free time planning weekends and holiday adventures to be spent there. My favorite TV show is the Bishop webcam timelapse videos (did you know you can get them in daily, weekly, monthly and yearly versions?). I look forward to moving home.
I was born and raised in the Eastside, and consider myself a true Owens Valley native. I climb, I ski, I can tell the time of the night by the stars in the sky. I’ve trained and packed mules. If enjoying an afternoon by the river or any high lake can be called fishing, then I’m a fisherman of sorts. I prefer my roads to be either long and empty, or unpaved and empty. These are my “local” credentials.
My other credential, and the general point of this blog, is that I’m an urban planner. It is my belief that the Eastern Sierra is the one of the most majestic and unique places in the world, and it is my passion to see the communities of the Eastern Sierra reflect the beauty of their surroundings and the diversity of their inhabitants. This blog is intended to explore different strategies for creating more vibrant communities, including case studies from other communities, serve as a repository for architectural (and other) inspiration and provide me a forum to rant about the political going-ons of the valley in a completely biased fashion. It is my hope to elicit conversation around each of these topics and I invite ideas, criticisms and alternative points of view.