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Inspirations
25 July, 2016

My Stay at Podere Spedalone: Relationships, Social Connectivity, and Authenticity

I had a remarkable stay at the Podere Spedalone last week.   This is an "agritourismo", farm stay B&B place near Pienza, in Tuscany.   It is a modestly priced place with a capacity of about 30 people.   The building is old, and cool, but not fancy.  It may have originally been a…
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AnnouncementsEventsInspirationsLocal AreaNews
21 July, 2014

Running for a Dream

Las Catalinas is constantly looking for ways that we can make a difference in our local community. Our latest effort is partnering with Asics and Las Catalinas' sponsored olympic tri-athlete from just down the road, Leonardo Chacon. The goal of this program is to encourage better health and exercise by providing a pair of…
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Inspirations
21 September, 2012

Lesson from Italy, September 2012

This is one in a series of "Lessons from..." documents I have written after visiting places that are of interest as precedents for Las Catalinas. Some of these towns I have visited before. I stayed in Pienza circa 2004 on a study trip with the Seaside Pienza Institute. Civita de Bagnoregio I visited way…
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ArchitectureInspirations
15 May, 2012

The New Town of Cayalá, Guatemala

Last week I attended the CNU annual conference.   I'm glad I did   because I got to see an inspirational presentation on the new town of Cayalá, Guatemala.   The presenting team included Leon Krier, who is sort of the intellectual godfather of New Urbanism, Professor Richard Economakis of Notre Dame, whom we…
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InspirationsLiving in Las CatalinasMountain BikingNewsRecreationStand Up Paddle
6 October, 2011

Las Catalinas: A Hot Ticket Item

Las Catalinas made a tremendous impression on a theater full of charitable Atlantans this week:   Actress Jane Fonda was hosting a premiere for her new movie, Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, as a benefit for the organization she champions, G-CAPP (Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention). Town founders Charles & Ginny Brewer donated their…
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AnnouncementsInspirationsMountain BikingRecreationStand Up Paddle
8 June, 2011

Pura Vida Ride Open – and Rock’in!

Pura Vida ride opened for business last week and is doing great!   Stand-up Paddleboarding, kayaking, mountain biking, snorkelling, and other adventures await. Here is a list of group activities that are currently underway: Sunday:   Stand up paddleboard with Jake!   Enjoy the ocean on Sunday morning with friends on a paddleboard.  …
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InspirationsUncategorized
30 May, 2011

College, Walking, Friendship, and Las Catalinas

Some fragament of the Amherst College Class of '81 I just returned from my Amherst College 30 year reunion.   As always, I am struck by the strength and durability of the friendships that my classmates and I forged back then.   We tend to think of our school and even our particular class…
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InspirationsPlanningUncategorized
26 May, 2011

Cool New Urban Project in Rome.

Professor Samir Younes forwarded this video to me.   It is a proposed New Urban project near Rome.   Italy, that is.   It is at a different scale than Las Catalinas - bigger buildings, more big city.   But it has some things in common such as a great emphasis on beautiful public…
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Inspirations
10 May, 2011

Walking and Visiting

Saturday night after dinner I went for a walk with my six year old son.   We stopped in to visit a couple of different families in our Atlanta neighborhood.   It was nice.   As we walked I realized that we have never, ever, driven to visit someone without arranging it ahead of…
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InspirationsLiving in Las Catalinas
22 November, 2010

Why?

People sometimes ask me, Why, of all the things you could be doing, are you working on Las Catalinas?   (I suspect this is because of the vastly lower prestige associated with being a real estate developer vs. being a technology entrepreneur.)   Here is my answer. I believe that the people of the…
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