David Holtzman

David Holtzman
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David Holtzman is a planner for Louisa County, Virginia, a freelance writer, and a former Shelterforce editor.

Homeowner Associations Have Draconian Rules. Why?

I’ve always been somewhat puzzled as to why people choose to buy houses in neighborhoods with homeowner associations (HOAs). They always seem to have...

From Motel to “Growtel”

A young man trying to build the urban farm economy in West Sacramento, Calif., has a novel idea. He saw...

Could Kit Homes Make a Comeback?

It's interesting to look at housing trends from the past to try to find ideas on how to deal...
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Marketing the Farmers’ Market

After making only our second visit to the farmers' market in our county this summer, my wife and I...

Cape Cod’s Fish Pier Is Tourist Bait

Last year I wrote on Rooflines about a personal connection I had to the time when Cape Cod, that...

Have CDCs Created a Dependent Poor Population?

Michael McQuarrie’s article, “What Mumbai’s Slums Do Right, And Why We Should Emulate Them,“ in the new issue of...

Show Up and Be Heard for Rural America

As I was reading recently about China's effort to herd around 250 million farmers and their families from the...

CDCs Adapt to the New Normal

CDCs and their support organizations consider what it takes to weather the recession—from business model changes to different funding streams to mergers.

Rural Transit: A Matter of Life or Death, and in Danger

In the city, many working people and senior citizens rely on public transit to get to the office, doctor appointments,...

Building Community Note by Note

As I listened to a fine bluegrass band play in Courthouse Square in Virginia the other night, I was...

The Potential for Affordability

The other day a genteel old six-bedroom house at the end of my street went up for auction. It...

To Move Forward, Richmond Must Confront Its Racist Roots

Will Weaver from Glen Allen, VA, United States. Edited by User:PatrickneilSuccessful cities adapt. They do not achieve success...

Life Without Fossil Fuels

Last fall, I wrote on Rooflines about people in intentional communities who engage with the market economy, even as they...

Questioning the Core of Charlottesville’s Economy

What makes a local economy thrive, not just on the surface, but deep down?I found myself...

Recovery from the Grassroots

An interesting new planning document by the Sandy Regional Assembly was just released by a cross-section of grassroots groups, most based in New York...

Is Your Town a Parasite?

What would you do if someone told you your town, the place you'd grown up in and where you had...

Rural Life, Invisible

Rural places can feel like they go on forever, without physical borders. It may take an hour or longer to...

Much Ado About Clean Air, But How About Our Clean Water?

The President made a big to-do about climate change in his State of the Union speech the other day, and...

Farming With Benefits

One of the many striking commercials that aired during Sunday’s Super Bowl was a celebration of the American farmer, although...

The Dollar Stores Take Their Place on the Block

When I lived in the big city, there was a Family Dollar among the various retail, cafe, bar and restaurant establishments on the nearby...