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In Mexico we occupy streets in a very particular manner—it may seem chaotic, but it is actually very complex and organized.

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Category Archives: Urban Issues

March 26, 2017
Where’s Development Coming Next? Follow the Beer
Charlotte Observer

If you wanted to invent a foolproof system for tracking which neighborhoods are soon-to-be hotbeds for revitalization, gentrification and the M-word (Millennials), you could do worse than following the breweries.

Break Up the Liberal City
New York Times

In the age of the liberal city — dating, one might argue, to the urban recovery of the 1990s — economic growth has been slack, political dysfunction worse, and technological progress slow outside the online sector. Should we treat the liberal city like a corporate trust?

Housing as Infrastucture: A Proposal for Ben Carson
Rooflines

I’d challenge folks from the Trump administration to join a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders, my colleagues, and me on a journey. Start in Appalachia and ask the folks there if federal infrastructure investment in housing would be wise.

March 23, 2017
Americans’ Suburban Shift Sped Up Last Year
FiveThirtyEight

The suburbanization of America marches on. Population growth in big cities slowed for the fifth-straight year in 2016, 1 according to new census data, while population growth accelerated in the more sprawling counties that surround them.

The Urban Inversion Is Over
Migration Issues

Basically, suburbanization continues apace. Urban cores that thought they were facing a new generation of urban demographic supremacy should be rethinking any policy, budget, or planning choices made on that assumption.

Conservatives Love Big Gov’t, If It Means Limiting Cities
Salon

Smaller and more local government is better, conservatives insisted, and having bigger government entities usurp local decision-making power is a violation of our country’s founding principles. Well, that’s how the argument used to go, anyway.

Trump’s Budget Has Global Urban Impacts
Citiscope

Reaction to U. S. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget has been swift in cities from coast to coast. But the impact of the proposal could be felt by urban areas well beyond U. S. shores.

A History of Urban Anti-Terrorism Measures
CityMetric

The car and knife assault on Westminster is the latest in a long line of attacks targeting Western cities. It raises new questions about how to respond proportionately to demands to increase security in urban centres.

Where Trump Should Bring Back The Steel
Washington Post

The late, great steel towns of western Pennsylvania made essential parts for skyscrapers, railways, bridges and battleships. Now, in their postindustrial pall, these towns contain more than a few lifelong Democrats who voted Republican in November for the first time.

Controversial Abatement Positive For Philly Updated
Philadelphia Inquirer

When Philadelphia’s City Council ushered in sweeping property-tax relief in the late 1990s, politicians, developers, and many residents saw the move as much-needed relief for a city in decline, one that had been losing population, jobs, and homeowners for years.

March 22, 2017
Planners: Our Meetings Suck
Streets.mn

Dear planners: I love you, but our meetings suck. That might hurt a little to hear, but the good news is I’m here to tell you why it’s not our fault (entirely), why we suck (specifically), and how we can do better.

Suburban and Urban Housing Cost Relationships
New Geography

What if the lack of housing supply, at the regional level, has less to do with the lack of housing production within cities, and more to do with the lack of housing production at the metro area’s margins?

Saving Nashville’s Mixed Income Community
The Tennessean

The very success of Nashville’s redevelopment has now created the urgent need for dedicated funding for inclusive low-income housing. Fortunately there is a just, practical way to ensure that the widely-shared goal of a diverse, mixed-income neighborhood is supported.

Where Should London Business Relocate Post-Brexit?
Deutsche Welle

To many it’s increasingly clear that Brexit is a case of economic self-harm. Movinga, a European relocations brokerage firm, has published a study on which EU cities London bankers and startups should move to.

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