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It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: We assume families don’t want to live downtown, we therefore don’t design for family, and, sure enough, families don’t come, or they don’t stay.

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Category Archives: Urbanism & Design

June 21, 2017
How Tampa Turned a Dead Zone Into a Downtown
Politico

Tampa’s long-dormant downtown has been reinvented thanks to decades of civic building and a timely boost from a big-thinking businessman and a billionaire’s investment fund.

The Suburb to City Retail Subsidy
Streets.mn

We all live together in an intertwined society full of subsidies, “stroads,” and “sprawl.” Let’s try to acknowledge that sharing goes around in all directions; people have wanted and expected space and privacy since the beginning of the nation.

How The Future Of Work Will Reshape Our Cities
The Urban Developer

The growth industries and professions of the future will shape our cities in very different ways to the industries and professions that shaped our cities in the past. There are profound implications for urban planning and property, if we’re ready for them.

June 20, 2017
The High Line’s Ambitious Next Act
Fast Company Design

The High Line Network, a new forum for cities around the world, isn’t about cloning the park. It’s about helping other cities avoid some of its negative effects.

Designing the City of Tomorrow Today
Scientific American

People clearly are equally captivated by the opportunities they find in cities. That is why more than half of humanity lives in these centers of enterprise and innovation, with that number rising quickly. Thus, how we shape our cities will profoundly affect our future.

Portland’s Newest, Smallest Street is Also Carfree
Bike Portland

To improve circulation of vehicle traffic through a very fast-growing part of the central city, the Portland Bureau of Transportation decided to expand the road network. With two new lanes, people can now travel on a new road between NE 3rd Avenue and Couch Street.

How Philly Citizens Won The Right To Cover I-95
Philadelphia Inquirer

It is encouraging to see that plans to extend the cover over Interstate 95 across Columbus Boulevard to the Delaware River may soon be realized, but the present configuration came about only after a long and difficult battle was waged by Philadelphia citizens.

Evolve Austin Making the Case for Density
Austin Monitor

A coalition of businesses and nonprofits hopes to mobilize people to support a new Land Development Code that will make Austin more compact and connected.

Houston Suburbs Invest Aggressively in Parks
Houston Chronicle

Playground: check. Majestic live oak trees: check. Picnic tables: check. Gazebo, basketball court, old railroad car: check, check, check. Houston suburbs are taking out all the stops when it comes to investment in new parks.

June 19, 2017
Delving Into The Soul of the City With Psychogeography
Architecture and Design

Psychogeography, as the term suggests, is the intersection of psychology and geography. It focuses on our psychological experiences of the city, and reveals or illuminates forgotten, discarded, or marginalised aspects of the urban environment.

Mexico City Is Getting Its Own Emoji
Fast Company Design

The city government announced a contest to design Mexico City’s official emoji. Beyond new iconography, the city could also be getting valuable data about how its residents view the city.

How No Zoning Messed Up Houston
CityMetric

Have you ever wondered what a city might look like if it said, you know what, why don’t we just build whatever we want wherever the hell we want? Well, my friends, there’s no need to wonder. Welcome to Houston, Texas.

$1B Redev Plan Could Remake Somerville, MA
The Architect's Newspaper

In Somerville, Massachusetts, a $1 billion redevelopment scheme in the city’s Union Square neighborhood is edging closer to happening after Somerville’s Board of Alderman waved through a rezoning plan.

Debunking the ‘Suburban Office Downfall’ Myth
Colorado Real Estate Journal

Denver’s new construction is causing many observers to feel less than bullish about suburban office product. However, a report from CBRE Research released last month found that the so-called “downfall of the suburban office sector” might be highly exaggerated.

Finding Opportunity in Leftover Urban Spaces
The Dirt

In Local Code, Nicholas de Monchaux pushes us to assign new value to forgotten pieces of our urban fabric – the dead-end alley, the vacant corner lot; infrastructure’s leftovers.

High-Rise Solution to Affordable City Living Has Failed
The Sydney Morning Herald

The Grenfell Tower fire in London may have been preventable with better oversight and renovation technology. But there is a strong reason why it wasn’t prevented: high-rise buildings aren’t suitable for public housing.

June 18, 2017

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