I grew up west of Redding on Placer Road among the manzanita, oaks, and grey pines of the chaparral. When I wasn’t romping through the undergrowth, pedaling my BMX bike down a dusty trail, or splashing through creeks with my two dogs, I usually had myÂ nose buried in a book. At least, until I got my first computerâ€”a Commodore 64 that lasted me until 1994. And believe it or not, I even managed to get that sucker on the Internet, 1200 baud modem and all.
After graduating from Shasta High School, I attendedÂ California State University, Chico, where IÂ earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration. LivingÂ in Chico rekindled my childhood love for bicycling, even after I wasÂ struck by a SUV that rolled through a four-way stop. The marked differences between Redding and Chico awakened my interest in land-use and urban planningâ€”why was Chico’s downtown so different than Redding’s? Was it more than just the college? It was byÂ seeking the answers to these questions that I became a believer in New Urbanism. It was also in Chico that I was first paid to writeâ€”first for the Synthesis and later for the Chico News and Review, two alternative weekly newspapers.
In the spring of 2015, I decided to put my money where my mouth is and I moved to Downtown Redding along with my spoiled Bengal cat, Neko. Around that time I also createdÂ downtownredding.org, a website devoted to showcasing the advantages of urban living in general and Downtown Redding in particular. I hope to change the conversation happening about Downtown Redding, and I hope you’ll join me in being “downtown proud.”
I have a deep love of history, particularly local history, As David McCulloch said, “History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” I believe the context that history provides is invaluable in understanding the challenges of today and formulating effectiveÂ solutions. With that in mind, I recently created a timeline of Redding’s history focusing on the built environment. As part of myÂ research for the timeline, I’ve been able to correct old misconceptions and inaccuracies about several events in local history, such as the demolition date of the Carnegie Library. I’m currently working on a book on Shasta County history that I hope to have out in the near future.
MyÂ other interests include photography, cinema, music, fitness, and the great outdoors.