The first time I heard “Euclidean zoning” as a member of Santa Fe’s Planning Commission in 2003, I assumed it was an ancient principle. After all, Euclid was the Greek mathematician from Alexandria, Egypt, who published a textbook called The Elements around 300 B.C. He was considered the fat…

Building Santa Fe

A look back, a look ahead

Year-end reviews are easier than coming-year predictions, but Building Santa Fe foolishly set its precedent at the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020. Then COVID-19 hit…

Last week’s column, with commentary on Costa Rican construction, led some to believe my wife Lisa and I had picked up sticks and become expatriates. Nope, not yet.

Photographing homes in their best light. Q+A with Keller Williams' Paul Duran.

I recently tried remembering the city land-use directors I’ve known. I lost count after a dozen and surely missed a few. The one who stands out for me, and perhaps mos…

Thirty-some years ago, I decided to get a general contractors license. I needed a quiet place to study. My home had a couple of noisy preschoolers demanding attention.

A year ago, I wrote a column about Rachel Wood, an appropriately named New Mexico forester, who is working to bring back local forest products as viable materials in t…

The Master gardeners

Fall garden preparation

Lots of books and blogs will tell you how to wind down your garden in the fall. There are discussions about mulching, stopping fertilizing and reducing watering as tem…

The sounds of a home can be such a wonderful part of the human experience. The jovial chatter during a holiday party, the laughter of kids running around, the music pi…

Back in 2012, when helping form the Santa Fe chapter of the Green Chamber of Commerce, the emerging board of directors spent many hours debating whether to be an organ…

Reader Edwardo Quintana recently suggested I call Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and urge her to welcome Afghan refugees to Santa Fe and house them in dormitories and apa…

Swinging pendulums are overused metaphors for social and political movements, probably because they are so apt. I’ve been thinking about those swings while plowing thr…

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