Me, the short version: I work, read, watch, listen, synthesize, articulate, reflect, and try to give back as much as I can. I was born in the Bronx, grew up in lower Manhattan, and moved to Brooklyn before it was “hip.” In between and since, I’ve worked in the private and public sectors throughout much of Western and Eastern Europe and parts of Asia and the Near East, researching, writing, consulting, coaching, (interim) managing, etc., in fields including urbanism and infrastructure, historical preservation, and telecommunications and the internet. Among my more memorable experiences: A series of grants and assignments that enabled me to do several rounds of architectural- and urban-historical field work in Southeast Europe. A recent and unexpectedly touching experience: A part-time stint in my native city teaching kindergarten and pre-kindergarten in an immigrant neighborhood not unlike the one that shaped me. Among my current interests: Case studies in memory, infrastructure, and public housing in four metropolises, a reconsideration of a near-forgotten 1930s study of the social and psychological effects of long-term unemployment, and compulsive evening swims at the urban edge.
For more about what I think, read, photograph, and sometimes even do, contact me at: Bubkes.Org@Gmail.Com