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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.

Brent Toderian, Vox

Tag Archives: Urbanism

July 15, 2013
July 9, 2013
Eliminate Parking Mandates
Slate Moneybox

Longtime readers will probably not be shocked by the arguments mounted in my column-length brief against minimum parking mandates that’s new out today, but one point I wanted to draw attention to was my argument that reformers should be seriously trying to eliminate mandates citywide rather than selectively reduce them.

July 8, 2013
Values Harder to Change Than Policy
Rust Wire

If there was ever a city primed for complete streets, Cleveland is it. The city, and its streets, were designed for a population more than twice the city’s current size. And Cleveland has a pretty large, mostly low-income, population that doesn’t drive.

What Buffalo Can Teach About Thriving Urban N’Hoods
Raise The Hammer

For years I’ve had a not-so-secret love affair with Buffalo. Hamilton has never suffered the extreme levels of decline as Buffalo, but we can certainly learn from its examples, not only of what not to do but also of what to do.

July 1, 2013
Mixed Use in an Over-Retailed Environment
Urban Land Institute

Thousands of retail complexes across the United States, from small strip centers to megamalls, stand vacant or suffer from double-digit vacancy rates.

June 27, 2013
Is Urban Sprawl Always Sprawl
Global Site Plans

In the United States, we often refer to the widespread suburban, non-city center areas as sprawling neighborhoods.

Steve Jobs on Building Spaces and Interaction
Outlaw Urbanist

While reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of the co-founder of Apple and former majority shareholder of Pixar Animations Studios, Steve Jobs (review available here on The Outlaw Urbanist), I came across a fascinating passage.

June 21, 2013
June 18, 2013
June 16, 2013
June 11, 2013
Why Urbanism Matters
Vibrant Bay Area

I just recently passed the 18-month anniversary of writing this blog. I continue to enjoy the task and have no plans to stop.

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 3, 2013
May 29, 2013
An American in Tokyo
Per Square Mile

Standing in awe of Tokyo is cliche. The city dazzles, sometimes quite literally with its bright signs, jumbo Jumbotrons, and sea of pulsing red lights stretching from here to the high-rise-filled horizon.

May 27, 2013
May 23, 2013
Why Do Cities Not Optimize Urban Value
Strong Towns

We’ve seen a number of studies that indicate the traditional development pattern generates more wealth than conventional, auto-exclusive development over the long-term.

May 16, 2013
Atlanta’s Beltline a Leader, But Not Unique
Atlanta Magazine

How do you say “beltline” in French? If you’re from Paris, it’s La Petite Ceinture–literally, “little belt” –and you know it as the 22-mile-long crescent of abandoned railway that runs through the outskirts of the city.

May 9, 2013
Prescriptive vs. Market Urbanism
City Block

From Ilan Greenberg in The New Republic – San Francisco’s Gentrification Problem isn’t Gentrification. Greenberg compares the public debate (often writen, and discussed previously here) in San Francisco compared to more the more familiar narrative in other cities.

May 8, 2013
We Need Transit and Urbanism Surrounding It
Joe-Urban

Kate Wolford’s Star Tribune commentary calling for more transit was spot on. Our peer cities (Denver, Portland, Charlotte, Salt Lake City, hell, even St. Louis!) are ahead of us in terms of built rail miles, lines and stations.

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