Welcome to Urban_Plan_B: a space for sharing tips and tricks honed over a lifetime for navigating some of the turbulence of modern urban life! My aim is to support overall well-being.

Through this blog and site, I share product and book suggestions via Amazon affiliate links (pennies add up) and curated with a genuine interest in these items.

I also post images and descriptions of #streetfinds — to draw attention to cities as places often rich in wasted materials, spaces and opportunities.

Additionally, I share some of my publications and affiliations, which relate to my research and other interests.

Furthermore, I challenge readers to consider and try to prepare for real-life environmental challenges or hazards. For example, if the air suddenly becomes hazardous to breathe, what can be done to respond (as Amazon and neighboring stores run out of air purifiers, masks, etc.)?

Air filter constructed from a low cost clip fan (+ retail box), a high MERV HVAC/HEPA filter + a roll of painter’s (blue) tape.

I consider these and other challenges as well as approaches to frugality, financial independence, community resilience and sustainability for now from the perspective of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area — where air quality is typically okay and concerns about earthquake preparedness, wildfires and sea level rise loom large.

I follow the global Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) movement, #vandwelling, #zerowaste, food trucks and other examples of rasquachismo — or smaller footprint, more-with-less, entrepreneurial and alternative living and development. Additionally, I try to respond to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), which strive to address the collective challenges we face related to “poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.”

Please note the terms of use for this site and feel free to join the mailing list, engage via Twitter or otherwise contribute.

As always, it’s good to have a “Plan B” — or to be in touch with a range of useful resources, skills, strategies, options and possible responses. I hope you’ll be in touch!

Mark A. Tirpak, PhD, MSCRP


Keywords: #urbanaffairs #urbanfutures #urbanplanning #urbanstudies #cityfutures #frugal #financialindependence #communityreslience #sustainability #university #research #creative #innovation

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