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Tag Archives: Urbanism

October 16, 2016
Ten Small Cities Near D.C. With Awesome Urbanism
Greater Greater Washington

Central cities are booming all over the US as Americans rediscover the benefits of walkable urbanism. But the boom isn’t confined to only big cities. Smaller cities are also enjoying a renaissance of their own.

October 13, 2016
William H Whyte’s Original Plan for Bryant Park
Urbanophile

William H. “Holly” Whyte, the former Fortune magazine editor best known in urban circles for his classic book The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, famously did a report on Bryant Park in the 1970s that was ultimately used as a basis for transforming what was then known as “Needle Park.”

October 12, 2016
Fake Versus Real Urbanism in Fort Worth
Fort Worth Weekly

If you’ve spent any time at all along 7th Street lately, you’ve no doubt noticed that a Tom Thumb is being built across from Trinity Park and the So7 development in what is being called “Left Bank,” at 7th and Stayton Streets.

October 3, 2016
Smart Growth Advocate Speaks of Healthy Cities to Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mr. Benfield, a guru of healthy urbanism, was in town last week for a Sustainable Pittsburgh brown bag lunch program co-sponsored by 19 nonprofits. Many of them are leading advocates of environmental solutions and smart growth for Pittsburgh.

October 2, 2016
How Migration to Cities Mars Their Future
Washington Post

Although Jacobs spent a lot of time pondering what could make urban economies succeed — the theme running across several of her books — she devoted much less attention to the possibility that success might create its own complications.

September 26, 2016
Cox and Kotkin: Urbanism, Texas-Style
New Geography

Cities, noted René Descartes, should provide “an inventory of the possible,” a transformative experience for those who migrate to them. This was certainly true of Descartes’ Amsterdam, and increasingly true of Texas’s fast-growing metropolises.

September 25, 2016
Grab a Microscope for Insanely Detailed Ink Cityscapes
The Creators Project

When the competition uses flashing colors and bone-rattling sound, it can be hard to get people to pay attention to a drawing. But if said drawing is 6.5 feet tall and you’ve spent 12 hours a day filling in its wildly detailed scenery, then you might have a chance.

September 22, 2016
The Interesting and Dangerous Sidewalk Rut
Dirt Americana

The rut is an embedded extension of the downspout, helping to channel water from the house, across the sidewalk, to the curb and into the storm sewers. It’s a clever solution, and it’s ubiquitous in certain neighborhoods of the small eastern Pennsylvania cities.

September 19, 2016
September 18, 2016
Shaping the Urban Brain
Scientific American

Cities shape how we think, feel and behave. Can we create cities that improve our brain health?

September 14, 2016
How to Read a Flawed Book About Cities
Otis White

A little more than 10 years ago, I read one of the most wonderful—and deeply flawed—books about cities I’ve ever picked up. It was called, “City: Urbanism and Its End.” Its first flaw was as apparent as its subtitle. Urbanism’s end? Somebody forgot to tell the cities.

September 12, 2016
The First Principles of Urbanism: Part I
Medium

Before we can predict how technology might shape cities, we have to identify the essential efficiencies — and costs — of urban environments.

August 30, 2016
New Model of Urbanism Will Boost China’s Growth
East Asia Forum

For policymakers, the important line of inquiry is whether and how China’s urbanisation rate will find its momentum again and, in so doing, continue to support China’s now moderately high growth rate. How can this be accomplished?

August 25, 2016
August 24, 2016
Rotterdam Continues to Reinvent Itself
Daily Hive

It doesn’t matter how much time you spend drooling over European bicycle culture on a computer screen, nothing fully prepares you for that first step outside a Dutch train station.

August 21, 2016
August 14, 2016
What Urban Planners Can Learn from Trailer Parks
Strong Towns

Trailer parks remain one of the last forms of housing in US cities provided by the market explicitly for low-income residents. Better still, they offer a working example of traditional urban design elements and private governance.

August 11, 2016
The Urbanist Podcast: Water Under the Bridge
Monocle

Bridges play an active role in the way in which we interact with cities and they also influence how our urban environments evolve. This week we discover how something that is meant to unite us can be divisive, from a pedestrian crossing in Adelaide to Calgary’s Peace Bridge.

August 8, 2016
When Louisville’s Newspaper Proposed Bombing the City
Broken Sidewalk

In 1955, the Courier-Journal published an editorial accompanied by a photo of post-bombing Rotterdam. “Bombs falling on crowded Fourth Street—that is a horrible thought to Louisvillians,” the editorial began. But this lament wasn’t a plea for world peace or the documentation of a tragedy a decade earlier.

August 7, 2016
Where Geography Loses All Conventional Meaning
Colin Marshall

Both Los Angeles’ parking lots and its surprising presence and surprising absence of rapid transit suggest a distinctive relationship with physical space. So does the tendency of people who grew up hometowns not especially close to the city itself to describe themselves as “from Los Angeles”.

August 2, 2016
Why Corporate America is Leaving the Suburbs for the City
New York Times

For decades, many of the nation’s biggest companies staked their futures far from the fraying downtowns of aging East Coast and Midwestern cities. One after another, they decamped for sprawling campuses in the suburbs and exurbs. Now, corporate America is moving in the other direction.

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