The Tangled Web, Four – Conclusion

I’m getting a theory about why the built-environment reactionaries of downtown went loopy about Elisio. I can feel it beaming down from the clouds just after the rain passes, up there to the left at about ten o’clock. Not about Costello and Deveney. We don’t know for sure what happened there, but lust for petty power, a few strands of Continue reading The Tangled Web, Four – Conclusion

The Tangled Web, Chapter Three

Eva Marie Campos saw the letter signed “Gretchen Bomboy” attached to Tangled Web, Chapter One, and to use the technical legal term, it pissed her off. She wrote a rebuttal. Let’s get straight to it: <><><><><><><><><> Dear Robert, Your blog post is as usual interesting and informative; I however took great interest in the letter you posted from Miss Bomboy Continue reading The Tangled Web, Chapter Three

The Tangled Web, Chapter Two

“Marigny is under ATTACK!” The current president of the FMIA, who seems to favor the hysterical Costello approach to neighborhoodism, launches that like a municipal missile from her Burgundy Street bunker. Another FMIAer, Deborah Oppenheim, circulated in August 2013: “Dear Friends Once again the Marigny is under attack and this time by a project called the Elisio Lofts at 501 Continue reading The Tangled Web, Chapter Two

The Tangled Web, Chapter One

O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive! – Walter Scott, from Marmion Remember that? Probably from junior high or middle school.  A cliché now – but so are the villains of this piece. They may look like an Abbott and Costello tribute duo, but don’t let that obscure the damage they do. They diminish the Continue reading The Tangled Web, Chapter One

How Mad is Max This Month?

I am going to do some pontificating about police (and some shameless alliteration). Everybody is doing police. And they are right to, so why not me? It is a Penelope piece. I have been writing parts of a police series for weeks. It gets longer and shorter. Almost every day another example of brutality, insensitivity, mismanagement, injustice or on the Continue reading How Mad is Max This Month?