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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: Urbanism & Design

March 19, 2013
LA Planning to Rezone Expo Stations
Curbed LA

The Department of City Planning and Metro are moving forward on their ambitious plan to rezone the areas surrounding five Expo Line stations–the Culver City stop and four under-construction stations on the extension to Santa Monica

Long Term Shake Out of Commercial Districts
Rebuilding Place in Urban Space

U.S. retail, especially as it relates to neighborhood and regional shopping districts in cities, has changed significantly over the past 65 years, in at least 7 ways.

The Pitfalls of Willy Wonka Urbanism
Urbanophile

“Livability” has been a buzz word in city development for some time, and for good reason, as who doesn’t want livability, outside the zombie cohort?

Cities Without Highways
Next City

On a clear spring day in 2010, I took a motorboat tour down the Delaware River with urban planner Harris Steinberg. Steinberg had helped develop Philadelphia’s first cohesive plan for

Gautrain a Catalyst for Property Development
Financial Mail

Though the Gautrain has been operational for less than three years, the rapid rail project has already been the catalyst for property development worth billions of rand which will change the face of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs.

10 Minute Neighborhood, Suburb vs City
Global Site Plans

A year ago, I lived in the Plateau-Mt. Royal neighbourhood of Montreal, Canada. One of the most densely populated parts of the city and a former working class neighbourhood

March 18, 2013
Planning Commission Approves Mini Plaza
SF Streetsblog

A plan to add a mini plaza and pedestrian safety improvements at Market and Dolores streets was approved by the SF Planning Commission on Thursday.

Washington DC Growing at the Center
Greater Greater Washington

After years of rapid population growth, greater Washington might be slowing down. However, the real story is where most regional growth is happening

Parking is Hell
Transportation Nation

Our friends at Freakonomics Radio take on the perennial puzzle of automotive life: where to put your car when it’s not moving.

Giving People What They Want Might Not Be
Drawing Rings Around the World

There’s a school of thought which says that since people generally say they want big houses with gardens then that’s what we should be building and not small flats in city centre locations.

Why Not Skyscrapers Out of Wood?
Atlantic Cities

After ruinous fires that laid waste to wide swaths of the urban landscape, cities more than a century ago were eager for technology to come to the rescue, with new building materials and methods.

Green HQs Have Tons of Parking, Not Green
Treehugger, via: VK

Bloomberg Business Week looks at the three big new office complexes being built by Apple, Google and Facebook and titles its article Silicon Valley Tech Giants Plan Super-Green Campuses.

An Intentionally Inconvenient Office in Las Vegas
Business Insider

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh recently jumped into the debate over working from home that was sparked by Yahoo’s recall of its remote workers, telling CNBC that he feels that it’s difficult to build a strong company culture when you have lots of telecommuters.

Saving Schools and Libraries by Giving Up their Land
New York Times

The Brooklyn Heights library is neither the oldest nor the most dilapidated branch of the Brooklyn Public Library system. But the 52-year-old limestone building is nonetheless ripe for demolition.

The Young Moving to Downtown Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

It doesn’t sound like much, but new and longtime Lawrenceville residents were excited last week when Diamond Cleaners opened in the 5200 block of Butler Street.

With Digital Mapping, Cartography at a Crossroads
The Atlantic Cities

The rise of photography put painters in a bind. Since the late Middle Ages, Western artists had relentlessly refined their technique in an attempt to craft the perfect imitation of life.

State Planning and Walkable Urban Thoroughfares
CNU Salons

CNU President John Norquist sits down with Bola Delano, Deputy Director for Planning and Programing at the Illinois DOT, to discuss a recent statewide workshop on the Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares manual, led by CNU.

Height Limit DC, Build Better, Not Just Bigger
Urban Land Institute

Fly over Washington, D.C., today and you will see a vast panorama of mid-rise buildings punctuated by iconic architecture: the dome of the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument, the National Cathedral, the clock towers of Georgetown University, to name a few.

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