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Apartment life can be strangely isolating: the intimacy of removing a complete stranger’s underwear from the building washing machine; the awkwardness of silent elevator rides while rubbing elbows with a fellow tenant; the jealous pangs of hurrying alone past a cluster of happy friends sharing pizza on your stoop.

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December 19, 2016
The Right Way to Build Infrastructure
Harvard Business Review

Following the election of Donald Trump, spending on American infrastructure appears to be one area where Democrats and Republicans can agree—at least in principle.

MAPS Is A Model Public Works Program

There have been numerous failures throughout the history of public works initiatives, with different major U.S. cities subject to bureaucracy, graft and poor design. And then there’s the program in Oklahoma City.

December 15, 2016
Your Stories of the Nocturnal City
The Guardian

Readers share their experiences of cities at night – from hearing panther screams in Prague to wandering through the hidden neighbourhoods of Seoul.

December 14, 2016
December 6, 2016
History’s Largest Cities – Mapped
The Guardian

In his latest data viz roundup, Max Galka traces history’s largest cities, explores the great Uber takeover and searches for America’s creative communities.

December 5, 2016
How Loneliness in the City Affects Our Health
Live Mint

One can feel lonely anywhere, but the loneliness that comes from feeling alone in a big city despite living cheek-by-jowl with so many other people is a different thing altogether.

December 4, 2016
Two Mayors on Trump and the Future of Cities
Brookings Institution

Mayors, grounded as they are in the day-to-day workings of the cities they lead, often bring a unique – and refreshingly pragmatic – perspective to national political debates. My recent conversation with two former mayors was no exception.

December 1, 2016
Rethinking Cities in an Age of Intelligent Machines
City Minded

As Toyota Research Institute’s CTO looks around corners, Dr. Kuffner and his $1B+ organization are busy building intelligent machines of the future. What does the world’s largest automaker see in the road ahead? How fast and how far are we now traveling? What’s the mobility future?

A 4000 Year History of Cities Taking Over The World
The Guardian

From bronze-age Iraq’s market-driven cities to the riches of Antwerp to the tech revolution in India, Greg Clark identifies the many waves of urban globalisation in an extract from his new book, Global 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.


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