I love to write about cities but even better, I like to hang out in them.
Growing up in Southern California a common question was, “Are you a beach person or a mountain person?” My response was usually, “I’m more of a central business district person.”
I taught college for a while and then ran political campaigns until I realized I could turn my love of cities into a vocation. Most recently, I ran the local Downtown Community Improvement District, a live/work/play neighborhood that sparks the creative, the eclectic, and the local. I’m a jack-of-all-trades so I handled everything from downtown planning and economic development to marketing and advocacy for a 50-square block area of downtown Columbia, Missouri.
In my spare time, I’m an adjunct instructor at a local college with an emphasis on communication skills and public speaking. My boyfriend and I live in a historic bungalow located on a bike boulevard and when we’re not fixing it up, we can usually be found biking into downtown to work or play.
Claremont, California is right up at the top of my list, but it’s fun trying to decide.
Analyzing a complex issue and communicating it to the public.
Lashing my bike onto the back of a teardrop trailer and hitting all the National Parks.
Buying a commuter bike to ride to work. (Mission accomplished!)
Slate’s Political Gabfest.
“There’s no reason this can’t be fun.”