About Me

Hello I’m Eric James and welcome to my blog where I journey through my mental health, life experiences, and observations on cities, society and design. I’m bringing my voice and perspective as a second-generation Chinese American millennial who has lived on both coasts and the middle.

By day I’m a software developer in Washington D.C. and I maintain web projects for the Institute for Local Self Reliance. In a previous career I was an urban planner in telecommunications and real estate in Minneapolis and San Francisco. I have a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. in Urban Studies, Minor Design & Architecture from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

In my spare time I love learning languages, composing music, and playing the clarinet.

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The Backburner

I always have a dozen ideas in my brain in various stages of development.

  • Vietnam War Research in Qui Nhon – I’m researching my dad’s Army service in Qui Nhon during the Vietnam War.
  • Document San Francisco’s Military History on CitiesofWar.com – Collecting images and copy for use on an interactive map.
  • Twin Cities Streetcar Map – A map homage to SF Streetcars showing the historic streetcar system in Minneapolis-St. Paul