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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 18, 2017
Skyway Hours Dispute Sparks Debate Over St. Paul’s Future

On March 1, the owner of a downtown St. Paul building, Jaunae Brooks, began locking the public out of its skyway at 8 p.m. rather than the required 2 a.m. More recently, she petitioned the city council for permission to make the change permanent.

The City That Made Me an Urbanist

A few years ago, like many other young Americans, I ventured to Europe for a study abroad experience. In my case, I spent half a year in the city of York, England. What I saw in York thrilled me: a city that was actually a place for people rather than cars. What an idea!

Apple Granted Patent for 3D Mapping System
3D Printing Industry

Apple has just been granted almost 70 new patents, including new 3D mapping technology. The latest batch of technical documents gives some insight into what the Cupertino, California based company has in store for the future.

Doha’s Lonely Public Commons

Besides functioning as an actual hub between the West and Asia, Qatar is a place of passage, often a magnified non-place, a term French anthropologist Marc Augé uses to describe spaces that don’t hold enough meaning to qualify under the category of “place”.

Stretch of Indy’s Ohio Street Has Magnetic Allure
Indianapolis Business Journal

A half block on the south side of Ohio Street between Talbott and Delaware streets is one of my favorite places in downtown Indianapolis. But it is not part of a flashy new project.

No Need to Expand Lexington’s Urban Boundary
Lexington Herald Leader

Lexington’s city planners have recommended that the Urban Services Boundary not be expanded for at least another five years, and that future growth be handled for now with more infill and redevelopment. They’re right.

June 15, 2017
Detroit Debuts New 20,000 Sq. Ft. Ped Plaza

Detroit, Michigan is one of the most dangerous cities in the United States for pedestrians. But the city is taking one step to overcome that with the recent opening of a new plaza by the iconic Spirit of Detroit statue.

In Atlanta, Murals as Art, and as Zoning Law Test Cases
New York Times

Atlanta is the latest place to contemplate whether and how it can regulate murals that can be reflections of neighborhood pride, artistic visions, and local debates over commercialization and gentrification.

Why Looking at Buildings Can Give People Headaches

Over tens of thousands of years, the human brain evolved to effectively process scenes from the natural world. But the urban jungle poses a greater challenge for the brain, because of the repetitive patterns it contains.

Former NC Hamlets Become Booming Suburbs
Plan Charlotte

North Carolina’s two largest cities – Charlotte and Raleigh – continue to drive a growth pattern that’s comparatively new for the state, recently released U.S. Census estimates show.

Architect Sues SOM for Stealing One World Trade Center Design

Architect Jeehoon Park has filed a lawsuit against Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), claiming the design of New York City’s One World Trade Center was stolen from a project he developed as a graduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1999.

June 13, 2017
Skyscrapers Looming Over Empty Streets
American Dirt

Those of us who identify as urbanophilic—to which I include myself a great deal of the time—have long bemoaned the lack of density afflicting many of our American urban centers, which impedes these places from achieving not just the level of on-the-street liveliness heralded by Jane Jacobs—the first great autodidact urbanophile—but their basic capacity to […]

New Urban Trail in Ann Arbor: The Tree Line?
Ann Arbor News

The Ann Arbor City Council is meeting Monday night, June 12, to discuss the latest plans for a new trail following the historic alignment of a creek that was buried underground nearly a century ago.

China’s Skyscraper Age Is Over

At more than 2,000 feet, Shanghai Tower is the world’s second-tallest building. It looms over its neighbors — the world’s ninth and 19th tallest buildings — in a supercluster of supertall structures unlike any other in the world.

Complexity of LED Lights

The paradox of infrastructure is that when it’s truly working well, it’s invisible. We take our most reliable systems for granted — things like tap water, a smooth road, or a flushing toilet.


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