About the Blog
This blog was inspired by the birth of my son and daughter in 2014 & 2015 respectfully. As a new father, I realized I had been given an awesome responsibility: to show my children this beautiful world and to help them develop the strong moral character they will need to flourish in it. Like all of us, they were born into a time and place that provides a unique context to their lives and that will no doubt influence the people they will become.
So the question then is in what environment do we as human beings best flourish? How do we build the community, economics and places to support this?
The purpose of this blog is to explore the lost art of fostering local community. The beauty of local lays in its diversity. Every place rests on a unique piece of earth, just as every person occupies a unique place in history. This combination gives every town and city the opportunity to be great, and each of us the opportunity to do our part.
With that said, there’s plenty of work to be done. Let’s get started!
My name is Justin Golbabai and I am a community builder, certified planner and local economist who lives and works in Austin, Texas. I hold a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Local Government/City Management from the University of Kansas. I also am a member of the American Planning Association‘s American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) , hold a CNU-A accreditation through the Congress of the New Urbanism, and am a member blogger with Strong Towns. Driven by the question “What environment best facilitates human flourishing?”, my career has taken me to unique places – from the halls of British Parliament, to a shelter for immigrants and refugees, to work as a city and neighborhood planner.
Before any content is posted on this blog, it is scrupulously and lovingly edited by my best friend, my wife, Paula Golbabai. Paula has an uncanny ability to take my rough thoughts and mold them into form. Paula holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Accounting from Marquette University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Together, we raise our almost two year old son and newborn daughter in Austin, Texas.
Disclaimer: All expressions of thoughts on this blog are completely my own. They do not reflect nor have anything to do with my employers.