Jonathan Davies

Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (55 of 69)
Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada


Top Reviewer Ranking: 78,167 - Total Helpful Votes: 55 of 69
Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for &hellip by Ellen Dunham-Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging, Sept. 21 2009
I found this book encouraging. The book's author makes a good point by talking about the need to retrofit existing suburbs, as opposed to just making new suburbs less car dependent and more pedestrian-friendly and/or making revitalizing downtown cores. In my opinion, we need to do all of the above: i.e. make all new suburbs pedestrian-friendly and not car-dependent; revitalize downtown cores; and, last but not least, make existing suburbs more pedestrian-friendly and less car-dependent.

While I think that most of what is said in this book makes perfect sense, there is just one thing that I have to question, however. The book's author predicts that in 2050, about 85 percent of… Read more
The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded Am&hellip by Bill Bishop
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Nov. 8 2008
It is very interesting to learn from this book how each demographic group in the U.S. has become more and more concentrated in selected suburbs and selected cities, and the reasons for this happening.

Ironically, in the same 30-year period that most cities and suburbs in the U.S. have become more and more homogenious (1970-2000), in Canada, a large suburb in the eastern part of Ottawa, which is called Orleans, has gone from being predominantly French-speaking to about half French and half English. In other words, Orleans has become more hetrogenious (at least as far as ethnic groups and linguistic groups are concerned) during the same time period that most U.S. suburbs have moved… Read more
Counterknowledge by Damian Thompson
Counterknowledge by Damian Thompson
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I borrowed a copy of this book from the public library a couple of years ago, and when I read it, I was very disappointed with the author's attitude toward homeopathy.

I have been having homeopathy for the past few years, and, to be honest, I feel much better (both physically and mentally) now than I ever did before I started homeopathy. Before I started homeopathy, I have both a very dysfunctional immune system and Asperger's Syndrome, and, so far, homeopathy is the only thing that has given me any reason for hope.

As for the idea of vaccinations causing autism, I haven't yet come to any conclusion one way or the other on that one. However, if it happens that there… Read more