Saturday, July 7, 2018

79 Volumes of the Davis Enterprise Free to Caring Recipient (278)

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 In January, 2001, I became the owner of 79 bound volumes of the Davis Enterprise covering the years 1966-83. 
Viewed as a single object -- a collection -- it is some 20 inches tall, consumes more than 20 feet of shelf space and weighs upwards of a thousand pounds. Stacked on their sides in piles, the volumes are several feet tall and fill the bed of a small pickup truck.
A sense of the collection’s scale and heft can be inferred from the accompanying three snapshots.
For many years, the collection has been installed on shelves in a storage building at my home and it was an invaluable resource in my Davis history research. But, time has passed and I no longer use it or have any plans to do so.
Davis Enterprise editor Debbie Davis gave me the collection and I am now offering it gratis to someone willing to receive and to care for it. 
If you are interested, email me at jlofland@dcn.org.

Friday, January 26, 2018

New Old North Davis Street Signs Installed (277)


Thursday, January 25th, a City of Davis Public Works crew installed the “new style” Old North Davis street signs. I happened to notice the crew working at the corner of 6th and E streets and made the snapshots that follow.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Mayor Robb Davis’ Explanation of his Vision-and-Goals Vote to Build Trackside Center (276)

One the months and even years there were dozens and perhaps hundreds of public statements for and against building Trackside Center.

Many were well articulated, but, to me, the most compelling was offered by Mayor Robb Davis the evening of November 14, 2017, just before the City Council voted 4 to 1 to build Trackside.

His statement was -- and is -- distinctive in being based on a serious and careful reading of the basic vision-and-goals documents that provide the legal and moral context for the Trackside decision. The more important of these include, of course, the Core Area Specific Plan and the Davis Downtown and Traditional Residential Neighborhood Design Guidelines.

I think his 21-minutes analysis is fundamentally correct and deserves the careful attention of all reflective Davis residents, not just because it is about Trackside, but because it is about the future of Davis itself.

Hoping to make his thoughts more available, I have copied the City video of his statement and placed it on YouTube, here: