Heroes

By Dom Nozzi

Heroes are exemplified for such things as being courageous, for having accomplished outstanding achievements, for being notably admirable, for being a significant inspiration, and for setting in motion a great many enduring, self-perpetuating forms of societal or educational knowledge.

The following is a list of the most heroic people in my life.

Albert and Sara Nozzi (my parents).

Andres Duany (a leading founder of “New Urbanism,” walkable and traditional community and transportation reform movement)

Victor Dover (a leading professional practitioner who has prepared new urbanist designs worldwide)

Walter Kulash (a leader in reform of transportation design)

Ian Lockwood (a leader in reform of transportation design)

Camille Paglia (American feminist and social critic)

Marvin Harris (an American anthropologist who founded “cultural materialism”)

Hugh Hefner (a pioneer in human and female sexual and other forms of liberation)

Noam Chomsky (linguist and leading political philosopher)

Robert Ingersoll (leading American agnostic and public speaker)

Hans Monderman (a leader in reform of transportation design)

Enrique Penalosa (former mayor of Bogota Columbia)

Joseph Riley (former mayor of Charleston South Carolina)

Andrew Bacevich (historian and former army colonel)

George Orwell (British author)

George Carlin (American comedian)

Chapman Cohen (atheist author)

Nina Teicholz (American journalist and leading reformer of nutrition)

Clarence Darrow (American attorney)

Jonathan Haidt (American sociologist)

John Stuart Mill (civil liberties author)

Richard Florida (American author)

Stanley Milgram (social psychologist)

Thomas Paine (American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary)

Garrett Hardin (American biologist)

Sam Harris (American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist)

Aldous Huxley (American author)

Jane Jacobs (American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist who influenced urban studies, sociology, and economics)

James Howard Kunstler (American author, social critic, and public speaker)

Marty Klein (American sex therapist, speaker, author)

Thomas Kuhn (science historian)

Bjorn Lomborg (author, visiting professor, think tank director)

Charles Marohn (a leader in reform of transportation design)

Mearsheimer and S. Walt (authors)

Charles Murray (author)

Peter Newman and Jeffrey Kenworthy (authors)

Peter Norton (author)

Ray Oldenburg (author)

Dmitry Orlov (author)

David Owen (author)

David Perlmutter (author, neurologist)

Steven Pinker (author)

Ayn Rand (author)

James Randi (magician, author)

Jonathan Rauch (author)

Charles Derber (author)

Wilhelm Reich (Austrian doctor of medicine and psychoanalyst)

Bertrand Russell (British polymath, philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate)

BF Skinner (American psychologist, behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher)

Thomas Szasz (Hungarian-American academic, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst)

Robert Taber (author)

Gary Taubes (author, nutritionist)

Dalton Trumbo (author)

AD White (author)

Ambrose Bierce (American short story writer, journalist, poet, and Civil War veteran)

Charles Darwin (biologist)

Albert Einstein (physicist)

Galileo Galilee (physicist)

Martin Luther King (civil rights leader)

Eugene Debs (labor leader)

Mahatma Gandhi (Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist, and political ethicist)

George Bernard Shaw (author)

Henry David Thoreau (author)

Rick Cole (former city manager of Ventura and Santa Monica CA)

Anthony Downs (economist)

Donald Shoup (economist)

Christopher B. Leinberger (author)

Steve Mouzon (architect)

Janette Sadik-Kahn (former director of New York City’s DOT)

My heartfelt thanks to each of the above people for bringing so much light, happiness, progress, and knowledge to my life and to the world.

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Best Movies I Watched from 2015 into 2019

By Dom Nozzi

The following movies are the best movies I watched from 2015 into 2019.

Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars

Her

The Longest Ride

Fed Up

The Ice Storm

The Fault in Our Stars

Bad Words

50/50

Hungry for Change

Concussion

The Imitation Game

Spotlight (priest sex abuse)

Where to Invade Next

Nightcrawler

The Hunt

Dead Poets Society

Reservoir Dogs

47 Meters Down

Ex Machina

Citizen Jane

The Invitation

The Shape of Water

Fatal Attraction

The Green Mile

What Will People Say

Lantana

Student Seduction

Walking the Halls

Nerve

The Neighbor

Jane Wants a Boyfriend

Sleeping with Other People

Jacob’s Ladder

Knock Knock

Green Book

Safe Haven

Last Night

Me Before You

The Change-Up

Rock of Ages

Yesterday

Non-Stop

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I urge you to email me (dom@walkablestreets.com) or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.

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Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.

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Best Books I Read from 2015 through 2019

By Dom Nozzi

The following books are the best books I read from 2015 through 2019. They are books that influenced how I see the world, and many are the books I most refer back to in conversations with others.

And they certainly inspired me, through the sheer intellectual enjoyment of reading them at the time, to read voraciously in a never-ending search for further epiphanies.

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, by Junger, Sebastian

Hate Inc: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another, Taibbi, Matt

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, by Rosling, Hans

The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss, by Fung, Jason

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health, by Taubes, Gary

Undoctored: Why Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor, by Davis, William

The Keto Cure: A Low-Carb, High-Fat Dietary Solution to Heal Your Body and Optimize your Health, by Nally, Adam

Sugar Crush: How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage, and Reclaim Good Health, by Jacoby, Richard P.

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain — for Life, by Perlmutter, David

Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free, by Martin, Wednesday

Me Before You, by Moyes, Jojo

Free Women Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism, by Paglia, Camille

The Tuscan Year, by Romer, Eizabeth

Lies My Doctor Told Me: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health, by Berry, Ken

The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom, by Rawicz, Slavomir

Dispatches, by Herr, Michael

Fat Nation: A History of Obesity in America, by Engel, Jonathan

The Mezzanine, by Baker, Nicholson

Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places, by Speck, Jeff

The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of US Primacy, by Walt, Stephen

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, by Haidt, Jonathan & Lukianoff, G.

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List, by Mustich, James

A Natural History of Rape: Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion, by Thornhill, Randy & Craig Palmer

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are, by Stephens-Davidowitz, Seth

Death of the Liberal Class, by Hedges, Chris

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar — Your Brain’s Silent Killers, by Perlmutter, David

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health, by Davis, William

The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet, by Wolf, Robb

Why We Get Fat: And What We Can Do About It, by Taubes, Gary

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, by Walker, Matthew

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, by Teicholz, Nina

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, by Tegmark, Max

Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications, by Danaher, John (ed)

Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of 2 Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II, by Kurson, Robert

Greedy Bastards: How We Can Stop Corporate Communists, Banksters, and Other Vampires from Sucking America Dry, by Ratigan, Dylan

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters, by Nichols, Tom

The Untold History of the United States, by Stone, Oliver & Peter Kuznick

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, by Lansing, Alfred

The Fault in Our Stars, by Green, John

The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, by Talbot, David

The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon, by Fedarko, Kevin

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Grant, Adam

The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire, by Kinzer, Stephen

The Case Against Sugar, by Taubes, Gary

Desperate Passage: The Donner Party’s Perilous Journey West, by Rarick, Ethan

Zero Sugar Diet: The 14-Day Plan to Flatten Your Belly, Crush Cravings, and Help Keep You Lean for Life, by Zinczenko, David

Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War, by Danner, Mark

Lights Out: A Cyberattack. A Nation Unprepared. Surviving the Aftermath, by Koppel, Ted

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, And Why, by Gonzales, Laurence

His Porn, Her Pain: Confronting America’s PornPanic with Honest Talk About Sex, by Klein, Marty

Thoughts on Building Strong Towns, by Marohn, Charles

Daylight Atheism, Lee, Adam

The End of Automobile Dependence, by Newman, Peter & Jeffrey Kenworthy

Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, by Sadik-Khan, Janette

America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History, by Bacevich, Andrew

The Humanists versus the Reactionary Avant Garde: Clashing Visions for Today’s Architecture, by Siegel, Charles

Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism, by Mueller, John & Mark Stewart

Still Alice, by Genova, Lisa

The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You and How to Get Good At It, by McGonigal, Kelly

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Gawande, Atul

Changing Lanes: Visions and Histories of Urban Freeways, by Dimento, J.F.C. and Cliff Ellis

The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter, by Pinker, Susan

Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One Is Looking, by Rudder, Christian

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free, by Tobar, Hector

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette, by Sides, Hampton

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I urge you to email me (dom@walkablestreets.com) or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.

About

Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.

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Dom’s Top Five All-Time Favorite Festive Walks

By Dom Nozzi

Walking, in my opinion, is one of the great pleasures of life. That makes sense, as humans are hard-wired to be a walking species. Indeed, we all know that a person notices more architecture and landscaping and street design – and certainly is better able to engage in neighborly conversation with fellow citizens – when walking on a city street compared to driving a car down that street. Walking, in other words, is more HUMAN than driving.

But I have noticed during these days of pandemic in April 2020, where my partner and I do a lot more walking (in part to escape cabin fever!), that even though I tend to get around my neighborhood streets by bicycle, even bicycle travel is not as able to allow me to “smell the roses,” as they say, as when I walk. On many of my “pandemic neighborhood walks,” I find myself regularly thinking that “I’ve never noticed that before in all of my bicycle rides down this street!”

Walking truly is a way to be most human. Most part of your world. Not to mention a great way to be healthy and happy!

I have started calling my neighborhood walks “Smell the Roses Travel.”

Now that I am enjoying walking more than I have ever done so in the past – and doing a lot more of it each week these days! – I’ve given some thought to what my all-time favorite walks happen to be.

Here are my criteria for a great festive walk.

First, the walk should be vibrant, bustling, festive, and therefore entertaining. On a regular basis.

“Festive” is defined as a street that is full of people happily walking or otherwise socializing. The street is often festooned with colors and lights, and occasionally benefits from live street music and other street performers.

Second, the dimensioning of the street – how wide the street is, and how close buildings are to the street – is human-scaled rather than sprawling car-scaled.

Third, the street is flanked by plenty of retail, culture, services, or civic activity – so that the street is regularly energized and enlivened.

Fourth, the street is convivial and slow-speed. When I walk the street, I am likely to engage in conversation with people along the way, and the street design is such that motorists – if not on a car-free “walking street” — are obligated to drive relatively slowly, quietly, and attentively.

Quadrilatero District, Bologna, Italy, Dec 2016 (66)

Using the above criteria, the following are my five all-time favorite festive walks.

 

  1. Via Pescherie Vecchie in the Quadrilatero neighborhood of town center Bologna, Italy during Christmas season.

 

  1. Corso Umberto, Taormina, Italy.

Corso Umberto in Taormina, Dec 8, 2019 (194)

  1. The Ortigia/Siracusa outdoor food market on Via Emmanuele de Benedictis in Sicily. A happy, boisterous walk full of delicious, fresh Italian fish and produce.
  2. La Passeggiata on Via Maqueda in Palermo, and Mercato di Ballaro outdoor food market in Palermo, Italy.
  3. La Ramblas, Barcelona. Barcelona, Dec 5, 2017 (1)

 

In sum, as the Italians would say, “Andiamo per fare una passeggatia!” Which in English proclaims “Let’s go for a walk!”

Honorable Mentions

Monopoli Centro Storico (Old Town)

Bari Centro Storico (Old Town)

Via Tribunali in Centro Storico (Old Town) of Naples/Napoli, Italy

Via di Città and the Piazza del Campo outdoor food market in Centro Storico (Old Town) of Siena, Italy

Corso Italia in Centro Storico (Old Town) of Sorrento, Italy

Centro Storico (Old Town) of Venice, Italy

Marktplatz, Centro Storico (Old Town) Aachen, Germany

Bonn Old Town

Copenhagen Old Town

Dusseldorf Old Town

Madrid Old Town

Sevilla Old Town

Toledo Old Town

Valencia Old Town

Honorable Mention streets part one

Honorable Mention Streets two

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Dynasty Ball in Football and Baseball

 

By Dom Nozzi

December 8, 2018

I have grown bored to tears by football and baseball in America.

Why?

Because in professional baseball and both college and professional football, there has been a tiny handful of teams that have become such dynasties that they win the vast majority of championships.

Consider the following.

In pro baseball, since 1996, the New York Yankees have won the World Series 5 times. The Boston Red Sox have won 4 times. The San Francisco Giants have won 3 times. And the St Louis Cardinals have won 2 times. That is, two-thirds of the pro baseball championships over the past 22 years have been won by only 4 teams.

All time, the Yankees have appeared in 40 World Series and have won 27.

In pro football, since 1972, the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers have won the Super Bowl 6 times, The Dallas Cowboys have won 5 times. The San Francisco 49ers have won 5 times. The New York Giants have won 4 times. The Denver Broncos and the Washington Redskins have won 3 times. That is, over two-thirds of the Super Bowl champions over the past 46 years have been won by only 7 teams.

The Patriots, as of February 2019, have now appeared in 11 Super Bowls. The Steelers, Cowboys, and Broncos have appeared in 8.

In college football, since 1970, Alabama has won the national championship 9 times, Nebraska and Southern Cal have won 5 times. Oklahoma and Miami have won 4 times. Notre Dame, Florida State, Florida, and Ohio State have won 3 times. That is, over 80 percent of the college football national championships have been won by only 9 teams.

The above illustrates that there is very little parity in these sports. Only a small handful of teams hog championships. Rooting for such teams amounts to rooting for a millionaire to win the lottery.

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Best Things I’ve Ever Done in My Life

 

By Dom Nozzi

November 11, 2019

The following are the best things I have ever done in my life. They are in no particular order of importance.

  • Met and am now in a relationship with Maggie Waddoups.
  • Obtained a Master’s Degree in Town Planning.
  • Was born with (or developed) a lifelong love of reading books.
  • Discarded all belief in any god-based religion. I have considered myself an atheist since I was 21 years old.
  • Lost my sexual virginity.
  • Learned about the merits of walkable urbanism and traditional architectural design.
  • Due to how my parents raised me, I developed a motivation to move to a city I love, unlike many of my friends, who have stayed in the region they grew up in.
  • Learned to ski and scuba dive and skydive and paraglide.
  • Learned to enjoy giving public speeches.
  • Published three books and thousands of blogs, newspaper and magazine letters to the editor, and newspaper and magazine guest opinions.
  • Adopted a low-carb, high-fat diet.
  • Was born with (or developed) a lifelong love of physical exercise.
  • Ran the New York City Marathon.
  • Moved to Boulder Colorado.
  • Founded and chair the Mapleton Hill PorchFest in Boulder Colorado.
  • Co-organizing and performing in the “Peterson Jam” air-guitar rock concerts at the Northern Arizona University campus while a student there.
  • Scoring on a 56-yard touchdown reception in a Penfield High School football game against Fairport (the third ranked team in the state of New York at that time).
  • Being hired to be an associate planner for the City of Gainesville, Florida at the age of 26.
  • Dancing at a “rave” dance at a downtown Gainesville, Florida nightclub.
  • Purchasing a bungalow historic house built in 1935 in Gainesville, and soon after paying off the mortgage.
  • Visiting a nudist resort in Lutz, Florida at the age of 35.
  • Whitewater rafting the Gauley River in West Virginia.
  • Reading Home From Nowhere, and befriending the author — James Howard Kunstler.
  • Having lunch with Andres Duany at Seaside, Florida at the age of 28.
  • Making several trips to Europe – particularly Italy, Spain, Germany, and The Netherlands.
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Priority List for Traveling in Italy for Sightseeing

 

By Dom Nozzi

March 19, 2019

This is my list of important Italian cities I have visited and now recommend that others visit, ranked by how enjoyable and attractive I found them to be. The list is roughly ranked from most to least attractive, but even the cities near the bottom of the list are worth your time! You cannot go wrong wherever you go in Italy…

Rome

Venice

Matera (good base city – you MUST stay at the BnB we stayed at here!)

Bologna (December is best, as it is very festive and fun during the holidays)

Siena (good base city — don’t miss their market at the main piazza!)

Florence (good base city)

San Gimignano

Assisi

Civita

Lecce (good base city)

Ostuni (good base city – you MUST stay at the BnB we stayed at here!)

Sicily [Palermo, Catania (good base city), Ragusa Ibla, Siracusa, Taormina]

Monopoli

Polignano a Mare

Amalfi Coast (Pompeii in particular, but Sorrento and Salerno are pleasant coastal towns probably worth your time)

Cinque Terre

Lucca

Bari (good base city)

Orvieto (good base city)

Alberobello

Montepulciano and Montalcino and Cortona (each of these three are good day trips from Siena)

Napoli

Perugia (good base city)

Trani

Bisceglie

Ravenna

Cisternino

Locorotondo

Martina Franca

Mesagne

Bormio (for skiing the Italian Alps)

A few Pro Tips:

  • Travel in the shoulder season: April/May and Sept/Oct. Easier and cheaper lodging and tourist lines/crowds are much smaller. Some tours not available, however, except during peak season.
  • Pros and cons to making lodging reservations in advance: Pros are that you have less worry, you know a lot more about what you are getting, you don’t waste time looking for lodging while there. Cons: less real-time travel flexibility (you may decide after you get there that you want to spend more or less time somewhere or want to check out a city you did not plan for, but your advance lodging reservation does not allow that.)
  • Travel: Rome is a very common gateway for flying to Italy. Renting and riding bikes is a great way to see more, have more fun, and expend less energy. E-bikes make it even easier. A Twizy is a great way to have fun when traveling further distances. Trains serve almost all cities and are very civilized. Eating on the train is always allowed and drinking wine is often allowed. Slower trains are very affordable. Nearly all trains have a train car set up to carry bikes for free.
  • When you go to a city, besides renting a bike, I recommend checking out the open-air market found in the city (very fun and a way to sample a lot of things), and only spending time in the Old Towne. Newer parts of Italian cities are very much like Anywhere USA places.
  • Try to find out where the daily/nightly “passeggiata” is held (the community walk) and then join it. Highly enjoyable.
  • If you are interested in day tours of places such as wineries or olive oil making or cheese-making – self-guided or guided – you may want to see if you can arrange such tours in advance of your trip. I was surprised on our trip by how many tours were not available off-season. You may be able to check on the status of tours before your trip starts.

 

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Best Ever Canadian Rock Bands and Their Songs

By Dom Nozzi

October 23, 2018

The following is a list of Canadian rock bands and their music that, in my opinion, have stood the test of time with regard to the quality of their music.

The Guess Who

American Woman

Share the Land

These Eyes

Clap for the Wolfman

No Sugar Tonight

Hand Me Down World

No Time

Undun

New Mother Nature

Bryan Adams

Run to You

I’m Ready

Summer of 69

One Night Love Affair

Cuts Like a Knife

It’s Only Love

Heaven

Rush

Fly by Night

Working Man

Anthem

Bastille Day

A Passage to Bangkok

Closer to the Heart

Free Will

Tom Sawyer

Red Barchetta

Spirt of the Radio

Working Man

Neil Young

Cinnamon Girl

Rockin in the Free World

Old Man

Sugar Mountain

Ohio

Southern Man

Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Hey Hey, My My

Don’t Let It Bring You Down

April Wine

Hot on the Wheels of Love

Just Between You and Me

High Roller

Get Ready for Love

I Like to Rock

Toronto

Break Down the Barricades

Your Daddy Don’t Know

Bachman Turner Overdrive

Blue Moanin’

Takin’ Care of Business

Loreena McKennitt

 Mummers Dance

Loverboy

The Kid is Hot Tonight

Working for the Weekend

Take Me to the Top

Hot Girls in Love

Steppenwolf

Magic Carpet Ride

Born to be Wild

Gordon Lightfoot

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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