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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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Tag Archives: Cities

June 10, 2013
Book Review: The Great Inversion
Goodspeed Update

In the acknowledgements section at the end of his book, The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City, author Alan Ehrenhalt demurred he is “no Jane Jacobs” but says he followed her advice for researching cities, namely to study them through close personal observation using a minimum of preconceptions.

June 6, 2013
Civic Irony
Restless Urbanist

While walking in Salt Lake City this week, I came across some things that I thought were really ironic. These images are pictures of what I would call Civic Irony.

June 4, 2013
June 3, 2013
Pedestrians Get the Royal Treatment in Brasilia
The City Fix

More than 270,000 pedestrians are killed in run-ins with cars and other motor vehicles each year around the world. On Brazilian roads alone, over 10,000 pedestrian lives are lost each year.

Justification for Civic Amenities
Vibrant Bay Area

A loyal reader (it’s a required duty for younger sisters) recently emailed me with a question. She provided a link to a National Public Radio story on the history of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

May 27, 2013
Radio: The Pros and Cons of Cities

Malaria being defeated by cities, a green cityscape to cool buildings, and the fate of ancient Mesopotamian cities with parallels in modern day Syria.

May 24, 2013
Lighting Designers Changing Cities
Architects Newspaper, via: @jerdeplaces

Lighting designers are applying the skills of their profession to further the goals of urban design, creating safer, more stimulating, and better functioning cities.

May 23, 2013
Ricotta as an Indicator of Shifting Demographics
Urban Omnibus

In her essay, below, Morris charts the shifting demographics of one pocket of Brooklyn using an indicator that is, now more than ever, ubiquitous in contemporary discussion about New York City: the culture of food.

Big Cities Showing Strong Growth

Urban renewal? New census estimates show that most of the nation’s largest cities further enhanced their allure last year, posting strong population growth for a second straight year.

May 22, 2013
First Tier Chinese Cities Barely Livable
People's Daily

Most first-tier cities in China are barely suitable for living due to their poor ecological environment, despite rapid economic development and preferential regulations for investment, said a newly released report by a top Chinese think tank on Sunday.

May 20, 2013
The Different Cities We Inhabit
Pedestrian Observations

I do not know many people who live in Boston proper. I know about a hundred who live in the Greater Boston area, but only a small minority lives in the city proper, as is of course true in general.

May 16, 2013
Why Has Jerry Brown Turned His Back on Cities?
Stockton City Limits

When Jerry Brown was elected governor—for the second time—I was optimistic. In addition to serving as governor once before, as well as state Attorney General, Brown was also mayor of Oakland from 1999 to 2007.

How to Save Water Starved Cities
The Atlantic Cities

Considering how blue this planet looks from outer space, it seems strange to worry that water supplies would run dry. But that’s exactly what’s happening in a lot of major metropolitan areas around the world.

Merged City-County Economic Development Agency Gets Support
St. Louis Post Dispatch

The proposed merger of St. Louis and St. Louis County economic development efforts advanced Wednesday when the city’s Housing, Urban Development, and Zoning committee recommended its passage to the Board of Aldermen.

May 15, 2013
California’s Struggling Cities
USA Today

How bad and widespread are California cities’ fiscal problems? “Virtually ubiquitous and massive,” says Rod Kiewiet, professor of political science at California Institute of Technology.

May 14, 2013
May 13, 2013
Tracking the Carbon Footprint of Cities
Yahoo News, via: Governing

Every time Los Angeles exhales, odd-looking gadgets anchored in the mountains above the city trace the invisible puffs of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases that waft skyward.

Big City Philanthropy in Dallas
City Journal, via: @urbanophile

One mild evening last October, under a bright full moon, Dallas celebrated the fact that, for the first time, it had a real city center—a beautiful 5.2-acre space called Klyde Warren Park.

May 12, 2013
Top 10 Cities You Need to Move to Today
The Onion

With the newly built Mayor Anthony Crawford Convention Center drawing top annual shareholder meetings from such companies as Dixon-Doyle, Grayson Injection, and Manx Tech, outsiders are finally starting to discover all that beautiful Blarnard has to offer.

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