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Activity: Submit a Photo of an Evolving Neighborhood
Activity: Submit a Photo of an Evolving Neighborhood

Chapters one and two discuss the “spooky wisdom” of cities and the ways that humans incrementally adapted them to our needs as habitat. 

In this activity, submit a photo of a place in your community with a brief description that has evolved/adapted over time, or that illustrates one of the “spooky” principles of traditional development described in the book, such as cognitive architecture.


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My wife and I live in an old mill village that has seen some revitalization efforts over the past 17 years. We love the idea of housing and community and used to sit on our front porch and talk about buying the home across the street should those neighbors ever want to sell. Long story short, we ended up buying the property and renovating the detached garage apartment into a 651sq ft. ADU. Although small, it provides an additional housing unit and an affordable option for the current tenants. Our town has a long way to go, but its the... (More)

First Floor of Home Transformed into a Restaurant, Apartment.

In the early 1980s, my landlord and his wife purchased the building above: a three-story house in one of Denton's core neighborhoods. As my landlord has described to me, throughout the following decades, his wife always dreamed aloud of opening her own crepe and coffee shop. Many throughout North America likely share this dream; however, with the high barrier to entry, for most it remains a dream.

As Charles L. Marohn, Jr. discusses in chapters one and two, it doesn't have to be this way. Our ancestors—through their spooky wisdom—understood that the most resilient places can, through design, adapt... (More)

Co-housing Community




In the property immediately behind ours, three lots that had previously been zoned for single-family dwellings are being developed into a cohousing community with 11 small cottages, a community house, and two huge community gardens. Also as part of the project, they put in a walking path for the whole neighborhood as well as sidewalks along one stretch of road. All 11 cottages are sold, and the project should be completed by the end of 2020.


Industrial neighborhood evolving to an interesting mix of activities despite local government neglect.

This is a collage of photos of the Packinghouse District in suburban Sarasota, Florida. It's an informal name (not recognized by local government as far as I know) for a cluster of popular businesses in an out-of-the-way, mostly industrial area next to a freeway underpass, including a hugely successful grocery store with Amish/Mennonite roots, several restaurants, a brewery, dance and martial arts studies, intermingled with auto-body shops, a pool supply store and other more classically "industrial" uses. The area became industrial around the 1980s when Interstate 75 was built, but much earlier it was the site of a 19th-century agricultural... (More)