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Tag Archives: Urbanism

February 9, 2017
My New Book On Market Urbanism
Market Urbanism

I am happy to announce that my new book “Government Intervention and Suburban Sprawl: The Case for Market Urbanism” is now available at Amazon. There is a “look inside the book” feature at the book’s Amazon webpage for those who would like to know more.

February 2, 2017
The Life, Death and Demolition of An Urban Street
Washington Post

For more than a century, hundreds of people called this patch of East Baltimore home. Now the 900 block of North Bradford Street is about to be ripped down as a city with 17,000 boarded-up buildings lays waste to its blight and its history.

February 1, 2017
Simple Urbanism Is So Elusive

At first blush, the new Harriet’s Inn at 40th Street and Lyndale Avenue in south Minneapolis is a nice addition to the city and its urban fabric. But is it actually an urbanist’s dream? Far from it.

January 4, 2017
Is There A “Charleroi Effect”?
Art Media Agency

Since 1997, much has been written about the “Bilbao effect”. But is the creation of “mega-museums” still adapted to our society today? We probe this question by examining Charleroi, which has chosen to privilege depth in a project that combines urbanism and culture.

December 21, 2016
December 20, 2016
Phoenix Urban Designer Recognized for Innovative Alley Plan
Downtown Phoenix Journal

Phoenix urban designer and landscape architect Tiffany Halperin proposed that all alleys in the city of Phoenix be repurposed as pedestrian and bicycle corridors, getting second place in the This is Phoenix 2016 design competition.

December 19, 2016
Streets as Places: Q&A with Yuval Fogelson of Urb-i
Project for Public Spaces

Urb-i is a multidisciplinary Brazilian placemaking startup that inspires people to see their Streets as Places. We sat down with co-founder Yuval Fogelson to learn more about their work.

The New Suburbia: More Urban
New York Times

Some suburbs around New York City are becoming decidedly less suburban, as new apartment buildings and condominium communities close to mass transit help expand the downtowns of these villages and towns. Multifamily housing is also popping up near highways and main thoroughfares.

December 15, 2016
December 14, 2016
Project for Lean Urbanism Announces Four Pilots
Hank Dittmar

Four cities have been chosen to test a new approach to neighborhood revitalization. The community-driven method, called Lean Urbanism, enables citizens to more easily shape their communities.

Building on Black Urbanism in Our New World
The Black Urbanist

With the new political environment that we are facing, what’s next for black urbanism? I’d like to take a stab at naming a few things that need to happen.

December 12, 2016
Design Guide Helps Planners Hack Tactical Urbanism
Next City

terature on and toolkits for tactical urbanism have proliferated over the past decade, but the Street Plans Collaborative — authors of the popular book Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change — felt there was still a need for nittier, grittier guidance.

November 28, 2016
Brownstones and the Invention of Gentrification
City Notes

I just picked up The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn, an American urban history classic. It explores how and why Brooklyn transitioned from a prime candidate for slum clearance to the treasured capital of the country’s “new middle class”. Here are some notes.

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.

November 15, 2016
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 10, 2016
Y-Combinator’s Techno-Suprematism and the Trump Era

Fred Scharmen—designer and assistant professor at Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning—joins us to discuss the potentials and pitfalls of a technocratic urbanism, and whether the former king of cat memes can really offer anything to cities.

November 7, 2016
Density Is at the Center of San Diego Climate Fight
Next City

San Diego environmentalists and urbanists are sounding the alarm. They say if the city doesn’t take steps to increase density in its inner-core neighborhoods it won’t be on track to accomplish its climate goals.

November 3, 2016
November 2, 2016
Designing the Urban DMA

Great cities and neighbourhoods always have a particular kind of urban intensity – what we might call the “character”, “buzz” or “atmosphere” that emerges over time. One way to understand these properties is to think about a city’s “urban DMA” – its density, mix and access.


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