Freelance writer, mother of two.
From 2005 to 2010 I was a helluva doctoral student in city and regional planning.
Then I spent five years looking after my kids, freelancing,
and figuring out what I found meaningful.
In spring 2015 I rejoined the program;
I'm currently working on my dissertation on
how Latino-owned businesses perform in different U.S. metropolitan areas
and what that implies about ethnic entrepreneurship and economic development.
Other interests: public transit; transport costs and regional economies;
how public spaces reflect (and shape) social and cultural assumptions.
Basically years and years ago I read William H. Whyte's The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces
and it had a great effect on me.
When I'm not writing about people making value in places
I'm often writing about pop music,
most often for The Singles Jukebox.
I like being serious about silly things.
This website is a work in progress.