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Frank Hecker

Resident of Ellicott City and Howard County, Maryland, systems engineer, and occasional blogger.

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Howard County government by the numbers

As we wait to hear more about Allan Kittleman’s HoCoStat proposal, you don’t have to wait to download lots of useful county-related data at data.howardcounty...

The year of blogging sporadically

Don’t expect many blog posts from me in 2015. Those I do post will be on micro-local issues like Merriweather Park, with a smattering of other stuff of inter...

Thank you Tom Coale

Tom Coale deserves our thanks for showing us the best aspects of politics, in a world in which we so often see the worst.

Campaign signs 2014: Final results

I’ve looked at and commented on lots of Howard County campaign signs during the 2014 primaries. I end my series of posts with some final winners.

A walk in Symphony Woods

I take a lonely walk through Symphony Woods in order to get a feel for what it is and might be.

Symphony Woods and sacred lands

Why is the controversy over Symphony Woods so heated? Because at least in part it’s about questions of “sanctity” and “violation”.

The Inner Arbor plan takes shape, part 5

I now turn to the most prominent features in the Inner Arbor plan, starting with the Caterpillar. For context and more information see other posts in this se...

The Inner Arbor plan takes shape, part 4

Today I focus on the Picnic Table and the Lily Pads as I continue my look at structures and other features proposed as part of the Inner Arbor plan. For more...

The Inner Arbor plan takes shape, part 3

Today I look at the proposed structures and other features proposed for Symphony Woods as part of the Inner Arbor plan presented at the pre-submission meetin...

The Inner Arbor plan takes shape, part 2

After reviewing concerns expressed about the Inner Arbor plan, it’s now time to take a closer look at the proposed design. Andrew Metcalf has done a great br...

The Inner Arbor plan takes shape, part 1

Last Tuesday night the Inner Arbor Trust revealed a clearer picture of what’s they’re proposing for downtown Columbia. I attended the pre-submission meeting,...

Tom Coale for Delegate in District 9B

Last Tuesday Tom Coale announced that he’s running for the open House of Delegates seat in the newly-created District 9B in (parts of) Ellicott City. Unfortu...

Repairing my personal infrastructure

They say America is suffering a crisis of ill-maintained infrastructure prone to occasional failure. Closer to home I’ve been having my own infrastructure pr...

RIP Dennis Lane

I knew Dennis Lane only slightly: I occasionally commented on his blog, he commented on mine once or twice, and I met and talked to him several times at Howa...

The long game in Columbia

One political faction obtains a solid majority and uses it to push through a far-reaching initiative, only to have their dominance threatened in a subsequent...

The library as spiritual experience

I think this is a record for me: Three posts in one day, and all about libraries to boot, to mark the occasion of the “Evening in the Stacks” fundraising eve...

Columbia is not a gated community

Over at Columbia Compass Bill Santos has written a great post that brought into focus some of my thoughts around the proposed Inner Arbor project for Symphon...

Michael Chabon on Columbia and Obama

I saw this on Andrew Sullivan’s blog and thought it interesting: Michael Chabon’s interview at Salon where he talks about his new book Telegraph Avenue and n...

Are you a "statist"?

Some people are fond of using the term “statist” to describe their political opponents. (I’ve never heard of anyone using it to describe themselves.) For exa...

Online education in Howard County

I’ll interrupt my blog hiatus briefly to note today’s article in the Howard County Times, “Coming soon to Howard County: a digital school system”. The headli...

Closing the book on 2011

Last December I took the opportunity to review my Howard County-related blogging in 2010, and I thought it would be fun to repeat that for 2011, including pr...

No Columbia, no Howard County Council?

This is Dividing Howard week here on my blog, as I discuss some topics related to my new book on the history of council council redistricting in Howard Count...

Weekly reading

Here are more recent links from hecker.tumblr.com. This week (actually, more like two weeks) was somewhat random, to say the least.

Changing my (blog) name, plus Plus

For those following this blog, note that I’ve changed the canonical site name from blog.hecker.org to frankhecker.com. Any links and feed URLs referencing th...

A personal milestone in math blogging

A continuation of my history of Howard County Council redistricting series is coming soon (I promise! really!), but after an evening at the HoCo Blogtail par...

A symbol of Columbia

Tonight I attended the presentation by Chris Leinberger on walkable urbanism at the Spear Center in the Howard Hughes Corporation building in downtown Columb...

Bleeding heart libertarians

For those of you who haven’t heard, the Howard County local blogosphere has a new entrant, as Corey Andrews has started a new HoCoLibertarian blog, to get a ...

HoCo Rising takes on HoCo homelessness

HoCo Rising has been teasing us all week about his big announcement. It turned out that he’s not just raising consciousness through his blog but he’s also ra...

Where should I bank in Ellicott City?

After posting lots of information it’s time for me to turn around and ask my few readers a question: I’m currently considering establishing a new bank accoun...

OpenGovernment.org comes to Maryland

I hadn’t seen this mentioned in any other local blogs, so I thought I’d note it here for the benefit of all you political anoraks out there: The folks who br...

Happy New Year to Howard County bloggers

My last two posts were all about me, so I wanted to switch gears and wish a Happy New Year to all of the local Howard County bloggers and other local media m...

My Howard County blogging in 2010

This is the week for everyone to do looking back at 2010 reviews, and I’m no exception. I thought this would be a good time to review my past year (really, p...

Unaffiliated or independent?

In the course of commenting on voter turnout today, HoCo Rising complained about use of the term unaffiliated to describe voters who don’t register as Republ...

Why government? Public goods

A while back in the course of a comment thread for a HoCo Rising post I promised to write more about my political views, so that people could decide whether ...

Howard County primary miscellany

Now that the polls have closed in Howard County I thought I’d post a few random comments on the primary election. Since I don’t know all that much about Howa...

A visit to Kentlands

Today On Wednesday I had to drive over to drop something off at a co-worker’s house in Kentlands, the neo-traditional residential and commercial development ...

What is a sense of place?

So far I’ve written two posts discussing whether Columbia and Howard County have (or could have) a true sense of place, and I really haven’t defined what I m...

Fun times at Pure Wine Cafe

Thanks to all those who showed up at tonight’s HoCo Blogtail meetup at Pure Wine Cafe. Blogs represented included Annethologie (more active recently as @Anna...

A sense of place in Howard County? ctd.

In a recent post I questioned whether Howard County and Columbia had a true sense of place and, if not, whether there were anything that we as residents of H...

June 2 meetup at Pure Wine Cafe

I should have mentioned this earlier, but better late than never: I’m co-hosting (with Jessie X) a blogger meetup this Wednesday evening, June 2, at Pure Win...

Doesn't Wilde Lake have a grocery store?

My apologies, I was going to work on my next post about a sense of place in Howard County, but got distracted by something I read in Alan Klein’s announcemen...

A sense of place in Howard County?

A little over a year ago the Howard County Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations sponsored a presentation by Richard Florida of creative class fa...

GGP and zoning referendums

I meant my last post to be my final word on voter referendums, ballot initiatives, and other forms of direct democracy. However I found something interesting...

Relaxing at Pure Wine Cafe

This is a very rare week (the first one in years) in which I’ve been left at home to take care of the pets and work past my usual stopping time. Tonight I de...

Coal Fire Pizza in Ellicott City

I don’t normally do restaurant reviews, but I thought I’d do a quick one for the Coal Fire Pizza in Ellicott City, since it just opened and I was among the f...

Columbia's account is no longer active

This doesn’t sound good: While researching a Howard County-related blog post today I happened to follow a Google search to www.columbia-md.com (a domain cont...

The "wealthy few" in Howard County

Last night a post by local blogger Wordbones caught my eye. Based on a story in the Baltimore Sun, it discussed proposed plans for affordable housing in Colu...

Blogging closer to home

For those Mozilla folks and others who’ve been following my full blog feed: I happen to live in Howard County, Maryland, between Washington DC and Baltimore....