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Tag Archives: Cities

November 29, 2016
Welcome to The City Of Trump
Fast Company Design

Experts in urban planning, privacy, and social reform imagine seven possible future cities under President Trump.

November 28, 2016
Examining a Sinking City
New York Times

For centuries, Venice has a been a gorgeous shell — the colorful, fragile remains of its former imperial past. It is a stop on an itinerary, not a final destination. “There is no use pretending that the tourist Venice is not the real Venice,” Mary McCarthy wrote in “Venice Observed,” published in 1956.

November 27, 2016
The Texas Way of Urbanism
Aaron Renn

Texas cities are places many urbanists love to hate. I worked in Houston several years ago and it wasn’t my personal cup of tea. I much prefer living in a higher density, traditional urban pattern.

West’s Cities are Bulwark Against Right Wing Nationalism
Washington Post

Toward the end of October, Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of London, addressed an event hosted by the London Jewish Forum that commemorated the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, a famous street protest in the British capital that saw an alliance of local Jewish residents, Irish dockworkers, trade unionists and other […]

November 20, 2016
How Could Golf Come Back to Cities?
Golf Course Architecture

In 2000 the Harvard professor Robert Putnam wrote a book called Bowling Alone which was both visionary and alarming in equal measure. In the book he describes in great detail the decades-long process of decline in the organised ways in which people relate to one another and partake in civil life in the US.

Rural Voting’s Disproportionate Power
New York Times

In 1920, for the first time, the Census Bureau counted more people living in urbanized America than in the countryside. This hasn’t been a rural nation ever since.

The Future of Work in Cities
National League of Cities

The latest report in our City of the Future series examines societal shifts and advancements in technology that are impacting the rapidly changing American workforce.

On Cities and Trump
Twin Cities Sidewalks

Processing the electoral disaster and sleeplessly imagining dystopia, I think of our nation’s most vulnerable and historically screwed communities as scapegoats for deeply seeded violence, brutally destabilizing compromises struck between a hard-core right-wing congress and President Trump, and jaw-dropping governmental incompetence devolving into spirals of fascistic paranoia.

Ohio’s Mayors Want More Say at Statehouse
Columbus Dispatch

Mayors of Ohio’s largest cities are banding together for the first time to bring a more unified voice to the Statehouse and find ways to learn from one another.

November 17, 2016
Cities Should Look to the Suburbs for Inspiration
The Urban Edge

A new Kinder Institute and Urban Land Institute Houston report suggests cities and their suburbs have something in common: they can both teach us valuable lessons about how to build strong communities.

November 16, 2016
How to Make Smart Cities That Benefit Everyone
City Metric

Smart city projects are big investments that are supposed to drive social transformation: decisions made early in the process determine what exactly will change. Smart city policy, then, must be intelligently adaptive to their residents’ needs. How can this be done?

November 14, 2016
Squeezing the Balloon in Missoula
Granola Shotgun

I spent a week exploring Missoula which is geographically between those two towns. Missoula is the kind of small rural college town that appeals to me, having the advantage of a compact walkable downtown while providing a generous supply of nearby single family homes.

Video: Florida and Kotkin in Conversation
Aaron Renn

Richard Florida and Joel Kotkin recently had a major joint appearance in Kansas City, one with a great deal of agreement on many topics. The event was taped and is definitely worth a watch. If the video doesn’t display for you, click over to watch on You Tube.

November 8, 2016
A Laboratory Of Primitive Senses
Pop Up City

Taipei is a curious dichotomy of East and West. On one hand it is dizzyingly modern, with gadgets and technology on every corner; on the other, there is a deep understanding of the importance of nature in creating a liveable environment. This is reflected in its architecture.

Cities and Elections
City Observatory

It’s election day, 2016. Here’s some of what we know about cities and voting.

November 7, 2016
S.F.’s Strategy to Get Visitors to Come Back

By segmenting the personalities of their neighborhoods, cities like San Francisco have more options to align their visitor experiences with different visitor profiles. That customization helps cities expand their destination image, build loyalty, and boost repeat visitation.

How Cities Will Lead the Energy Future

Last month, politicians, energy executives, and energy experts met in Istanbul for the 23rd World Energy Congress. The role of cities in energy creation, consumption, and activism has been rarely discussed at these meetings. This year, a new report hoped to change that.

November 3, 2016
Kotkin and Florida: Middle Class Getting Squeezed Out of Cities
Kansas City Star

Kansas City, with its improved downtown and evolving suburbs, is a logical conversation starter on urban and suburban issues. Two key thinkers on those matters, Richard Florida and Joel Kotkin, will hold a discussion at the Kansas City Area Development Council’s meeting on Friday.

November 2, 2016
Mapping The New York City No One Ever Sees
Fast Company Design

Nonstop Metropolis, Solnit’s latest book with the geographer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, puts New York at its center, and explores the history, culture, infrastructure, and diversity of residents that make the city what it is.

The Impact of Urban Appearance
Urban Demographics

As many will know, Cesar Hidalgo and his team have a project called Place Pulse, in which they use computer techniques to analyze snapshots of Google Street View and crowdsource people’s perception city’s physical appearance. Here are my three highlight of the project so far.

November 1, 2016
How Once-Secret Los Alamos Became a Millionaire’s Enclave
The Guardian

Home to the scientists who built the nuclear bomb, the company town of Los Alamos, New Mexico is today one of the richest in the country – even as toxic waste threatens its residents and neighbouring Española struggles with poverty.


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