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Rosabella Alvarez-Calderón

SF Urban Film Fest Spotlights Berkeley's Occupy the Farm Movement

by Rosabella Alvarez-Calderón

It all started with a cocktail; a combination of tequila, cilantro, coriander, lime, and special hot peppers from the University of California-Berkeley Gill Tract Community Farm, a collaborative urban farming project... Read article

Written Word, Rap & Film: Storytelling Takes Stage at SF Urban Film Fest

by Rosabella Alvarez-Calderón

When asked to describe your city to a curious stranger, what stories would you tell? Nearly sixty years ago, Jane Jacobs wrote an extraordinary book called “The Death and Life of Great American Cities.” The book c... Read article

Farewell to The Grid, from Rosabella Alvarez-Calderon

by Rosabella Alvarez-Calderón

I was standing precariously on the edge of the sidewalk trying to get some good images of the buses in Lima, Peru, when I noticed that most of them were lopsided, tilting slightly to one side, a detail I had never noti... Read article

What Makes a Great Street for Shopping? A View from Boston, MA

by Rosabella Alvarez-Calderón

On this sunny Friday I found myself riding my bicycle from Cambridge to Boston, to the Back Bay neighborhood that is home to two of the most prominent commercial streets in the area: Boylston and Newbury. I was on my way... Read article

Active Placemaking and a Marshmallow Fluff Festival in Somerville, MA

by Rosabella Alvarez-Calderón

“Yes, I will be happy to be a volunteer for the 2013 Fluff Festival. Will I get a fluffernutter sandwich as a snack? So, my task will be to operate the Fluffatron 3000 with two other neighborhood volunteers? This will be... Read article

The Multi-Layered City from Harvard Square’s Subway Station in Cambridge, MA

by Rosabella Alvarez-Calderón

As the crowded subway train approached Harvard Square station, coming from Boston, I felt the sharp turn and heard the squealing and screeching sound of the wheels against the track of the train slowing down. Look out of... Read article

The Great Local vs. Chain Store Debate, as seen from Somerville, MA

by Rosabella Alvarez-Calderón

It's Sunday morning in Union Square, Somerville, located some twenty minutes by bus from downtown Boston. Should I get breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts, or at Union Square Donuts, which has hazelnut donuts? Should I get groce... Read article

Navigating Boston on a Folding Bike

by Rosabella Alvarez-Calderón

What makes a city bike-friendly? What makes a city a place where bicycles are used by people young and old, for transportation, exercising, leisure riding, and even for transporting two weeks’ worth of groceries plus a l... Read article

Horrible Historic Preservation in 3 Easy Steps

by Rosabella Alvarez-Calderón

Historic preservation has come a long way from the protesters in front of the old Penn Station in New York, and today it also focuses on issues such as placemaking and the revitalization of neglected buildings and neighb... Read article

Where Old Buses Go To Retire: Lima's Vintage Public Transportation

by Rosabella Alvarez-Calderón

Learning how to successfully navigate Lima’s public transportation system involves developing a good sense of navigation and knowledge of the city, a sense of balance, an open mind to deal with unexpected events, a watch... Read article

Transforming Movie Palaces into Religious Temples in Lima, Peru

by Rosabella Alvarez-Calderón

The crowd slowly gathering outside the former grand movie theater on a Sunday afternoon is not so different from the crowd that used to gather in this same spot a few decades ago. These people, however, are not here for ... Read article

Events, Follies, Brick and Glass: A Visit to Philip Johnson’s Glass House

by Rosabella Alvarez-Calderón

When your home is a glass house, how can you have privacy? In her 1998 book “Women and the Making of the Modern House,” Alice Friedman offered the following perspective on the way this particular glass house was used. ... Read article

Lima, Where Your Neighbor is Often a Monumental Archaeological Site

by Rosabella Alvarez-Calderón

Lima is a city of over eight million people that sprawls over an area just under 3,000 square kilometers encompassing valleys, desert, wetlands and forests, among other geographical features. A bird’s eye view reveals th... Read article

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