Boston’s High Line

Placemaking: The Northern Avenue Bridge restored gives Bostonians and its visitors a place to play in the Atlantic Ocean. The bridge intersects: Innovation and Financial Districts, water and land transportation systems, The Greenway and The Harbor Walk public parks. Re-activating the bridge tender’s house and the former five-story fireboat house with its former long dock makes the swinging [...]

By |2017-05-12T14:11:06+00:00March 23rd, 2016|Post|Comments Off on Boston’s High Line

Stalking A Dream

  The Great Recession wiped out my work, my nest egg and my marriage. With a tad of hope and a ton desperation I turned to a friend. “Per Christiansen, pronounced like the fruit,” is how he introduced himself a dozen years earlier when I showed up at his garage with a project car in [...]

By |2017-05-12T14:11:06+00:00January 6th, 2016|Post|Comments Off on Stalking A Dream

Holistic U.S. Infrastructure

Let's look at the megillah - the whole picture - of America's failing infrastructure: Critical US systems are silo-ed - especially by experts. Laymen depend on professionals to see infrastructure wholly: water, waste, transit, energy, aviation, rivers, sewage, road, brown-fields, parks, schools, levees... I spent the past 3 years touring America's vital systems in a [...]

By |2017-05-12T14:11:07+00:00January 4th, 2016|Post|Comments Off on Holistic U.S. Infrastructure

Double Duty Dude

  Jeremiah, a state employee for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, took his civil service to a higher level by securing Low & Slow crew members accesses to the Ohio River Bridge Project's construction site after we were denied by a subcontractor on the project. His actions led to a cover story in ENR featuring the [...]

By |2017-05-12T14:11:08+00:00October 15th, 2015|Post|Comments Off on Double Duty Dude


Save Our Superstructure: willful neglect has condemned a vital link to our past - a path to our future. Everyday the barely standing Old Northern Avenue Bridge begs Bostonians to value its history. Today that challenge is unmet. Concerns of a catastrophic failure forced the Department of Public Works to close the bridge last year. [...]

By |2017-05-12T14:11:08+00:00April 23rd, 2015|Post|Comments Off on S.O.S.

The Road – Gone

Deputy Fire Chief, Paul Davidovich:  a US Marine helicopter pilot, retires to the Rocky Mountain town of Lyons, Colorado and builds a log cabin for he and his wife Maureen. All is well until ten years later when a biblical flash flood rips through their remote village in the dark of a September evening in 2013. [...]

By |2017-05-12T14:11:09+00:00April 7th, 2015|Post|Comments Off on The Road – Gone

The Interstate System

The Interstate System is a proper noun branding a 47,000 mile system of 62 superhighways interconnected by 55,000 bridges and 104 tunnels. Crisscrossing into every corner of America the network is marked by numbered red, white and blue shields labeling a mega internet of the most trafficked desire lines - trade routes - that feed people into places ultimately creating moments. [...]

By |2017-05-12T14:11:09+00:00April 2nd, 2015|Post|Comments Off on The Interstate System

The Hudson Whisperer

Per is the Hudson Whisperer. I was trucking though the mountains of Western Pennsylvania towards Massachusetts in a hastily rented U-haul rig. It was a crisp October morning in 2003. Yellow, orange and red leaves splashed the deep blue morning sky. I was high spirited regardless of unexpectedly having to tow my just purchased but [...]

By |2017-05-12T14:11:09+00:00December 16th, 2014|Post|Comments Off on The Hudson Whisperer

Blowout: Road Tripping Through America’s Infrastructure

The National Public Radio interview I was doing was interrupted by an explosion - then a violent shaking of the old car. I wrestled the cracked 1950s steering wheel. The 60-year old lead sled was shaking madly, weaving between the superhighway's painted lines. The old girl was wanting to dump all 3,500 pounds of herself [...]

By |2017-05-12T14:11:10+00:00November 2nd, 2014|Post|Comments Off on Blowout: Road Tripping Through America’s Infrastructure

Desert Oasis

January 10, 2014: Maricopa, Arizona:  Al & Kimberly Saffrahn opened their gate, shop doors and home's front door to Per and me. At their kitchen table Al shows off a personal treasure - a 1949 Hudson Commodore 8 steel cast model - Mrs. Martin in miniature. We drank a few cold beers kibitzing about snake [...]

By |2017-05-12T14:11:10+00:00October 8th, 2014|Post|Comments Off on Desert Oasis