Max Grinnell is a professor, speaker, artist, and former baker’s assistant, among other callings — all of which give him a unique perspective on what this moment might mean for cities. He goes by The Urbanologist on Twitter and Periscope.
“People make places,” Max said from his home in Boston. COVID-19 highlights many of the factors that shape the fabric of our places, like small businesses, automobile use, and outdoor spaces for humans. And we need to have tough conversations, he urged, that account for the lived experiences of our essential workers.
In a wide-ranging conversation, Max touched on what it’ll take to make change (spoiler alert: political restructuring and direct action), the daily rollercoaster of emotions that many of us are experiencing, and his affection for Providence. ⚓️
Hi Neighbor! David Dadekian is Rhode Island’s food laureate (credit to Phil Eil for that title).
“There’s connectivity everywhere,” David points out. He talked with me about the value of silly conversations, kindness, and takeout.
(And he knows a thing or two about takeout; check out David’s website for comprehensive lists of restaurants with takeout options, online local food and drink businesses, and breweries offering curbside sales. Whenever you can, buy local, Rhode Island!)
“We’ve got to be patient,” said David. “And kind.”