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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 18, 2013
Land Conservancy Purchases Land for Affordable TOD
Denver Post

The Urban Land Conservancy has purchased 9.4 acres of land at Smith Road and Colorado Boulevard in northeast Park Hill to develop 156 permanently affordable apartments along the East rail line.

Urban Affairs Specialist Grady Clay Dies
Courier Journal

Grady Clay, a journalist and a leading national authority on urban design who wrote for The Courier-Journal and edited Landscape Architecture Quarterly, died Sunday after developing a blood clot.

The Urban Legacy of Hugo Chavez
This Big City

It’s been almost two weeks since the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The news broke suddenly, delivered in a tearful speech by Chavez’s second-in-command, Nicolás Maduro, and within minutes the world was ablaze with official statements

Back to Roommates When Small Apartments Are Gone
Seattle Transit Blog

Last month, I made the argument that, in a transit-friendly city, there ought to be a variety of affordable housing options within walking distance of frequent, all-day transit.

Opposition to Stadium Subsidies
Atlanta Journal Constitution, via: Planetizen

Falcons owner Arthur Blank and city leaders in Atlanta are pushing to build a new $1 billion football stadium to replace the 20-year-old publicly-financed Georgia Dome.

The Location Decisions of Creative Industries
Chicago Policy Review

Recently, a major focus in urban economic development has been attracting creative industries and creative workers to cities as engines to drive economic growth.

Small Town Imploding Malls
American Dirt

I’ve documented evolving retail trends with a keen eye over the past few years. Regardless of the size of the community, certain similar features have emerged that very well may augur a monumental shift in typology

Economic Improvement Nudges Migration to Normal
Brookings, William Frey

New Census Bureau population estimates for the second full year after the 2010 Census show something resembling “normal” population shifts after five years of recession-induced anomaly.

March 5, 2013
HUD Launches a Housing Discrimination App
The HUDdle

If you happen to be out searching for a home or an apartment, and have questions about whether a lender can deny you a loan because you are on maternity leave or whether a landlord has the right to deny you a service animal

Hard Choices for a Growing San Francisco
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco residents will be getting thousands of new neighbors in the next 30 years, and it’s time to start figuring out where they will live and work.

March 4, 2013
For Urban Mechanics, A Place to Experiment
Next City, Yael Borofsky

Boston’s City Hall to Go, a roving hub for city services, is generating a lot of buzz in the civic technology community. But when I visited the real brick-and-mortar City Hall in mid-January, the new ride was in the shop.

Cities Breaking Free to Shape Their Own Destinies
Seattle Times

Can the world’s cities break free of economic restraints and “standard practices” to shape their own destinies? The short answer for cities such as Portland, Ore., is “yes,” writes Neal Peirce.


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