Train Culture
Hanayamata and the Enoshima Electric Railway

Hanayamata and the Enoshima Electric Railway

This is an introduction to the contents tourism component of marketing strategy at the Enoshima Electric Railway, and report from the Hanayamata artwork exhibition at Enoden House in 2014 August.
Train Culture: Sayonara Fumikiri, Yokoso Shimo-chika

Train Culture: Sayonara Fumikiri, Yokoso Shimo-chika

Shimokitazawa (下北沢) is a neighborhood in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward and the subject of a short film I’m making that’s roughly a month away from being finished, one of the last pieces to complete The Tokyo Project. I had thought it might be ready about now, but since it’s coming a little later than planned I...
Train Culture: Welcome Back

Train Culture: Welcome Back

My only claim to fame—and calling it that is probably a bit of a stretch—was a blog post I wrote almost two years back called Train Culture, which was one of my early attempts at pinning down some of the intangible and social value created by investing in rail infrastructure. It got passed around via...
Intercity Rail in China

Intercity Rail in China

I’ve been following general political and business developments in China for the past three years, and specifically looking at public transit infrastructure for about the last 18 months. I would be exaggerating if I said I had gained more than a superficial outsider’s understanding of either. At the moment, I still rely on English language...
Transit Oriented Development in New Brunswick

Transit Oriented Development in New Brunswick

As I work my way toward the point when I’ll begin to pitch Third Place Media services in earnest, I’ve been busy putting together pieces that I’ll use to explain what I’m offering to prospective clients. At the same time, I’ve been using these excursions to develop my approach and visual aesthetic for capturing what...
South Orange Special Improvement District

South Orange Special Improvement District

Exciting changes are happening to the way South Orange, NJ goes about cultivation of the character of its community. These changes have also opened the door for me to get a first crack at producing prototype content for use as proofs of concept as I begin to pitch Third Place Media services to potential clients....
Newark Light Rail

Newark Light Rail

I’ve moved into the thick of things with a full slate of practice and media portfolio building projects for my new company, Third Place Media. The rough schedule is to start with a handful of small and medium sized photo and video based pieces around New York City and Northern New Jersey over the next...
Meet Me in Maplewood

Meet Me in Maplewood

Can a train station be a great public space? With a little thoughtfulness, I think the answer is very much yes. There are prerequisites, such as being clean, well-maintained and well-lit. It also makes a great difference if the station is integrated into the fabric of the community it serves, rather than being surrounded by...
It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

 The unabridged name of the municipality in which we live is Township of South Orange Village, a bit of a mouthful. For the purposes of federal revenue sharing, we fall under the township classification. The village part refers to our type and form of government in the New Jersey nomenclature, the specifics of which...
A Little Transit Music 3

A Little Transit Music 3

Yily Nelson, classical and Spanish guitarist, performs in the Long Island Rail Road concourse at New York Penn Station.
A Little Transit Music 2: Feelings

A Little Transit Music 2: Feelings

A classical guitarist performs “Feelings” in the Long Island Rail Road concourse at  New York Penn Station.
A Little Transit Music: Unchained Melody

A Little Transit Music: Unchained Melody

A percussion, bass and vocal trio performs “Unchained Melody” for straphangers waiting on the platform at Lexington Avenue – 53rd Street Station.