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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: Urbanism

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.

August 1, 2016
Why Are New Cities So Boring?
Governing

Moving past the revived and renovated, where are the great new urban places? If we are urbanizing so quickly as a planet, where are the new streets and districts that pulse with activity and character?

July 28, 2016
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June 30, 2016
June 20, 2016
Dispatches From the First YIMBY Convening
The C Is For Crank

As those who follow me on Twitter may have noticed, I spent the last four days in Boulder, Colorado, at the first-ever conference for self-identified YIMBYs–urbanists who say “yes in my backyard.”

June 14, 2016
The Trouble With Terminators
Places Journal

Why not make buildings today as they once were made? This is actually a really good, really radical question.

Why Is The CNU Still Relevant?
The Black Urbanist

As of Saturday June 11, the Congress for New Urbanism has convened for 24 times. Since its inception, it’s gone through an evolution, powered by its roots in the architectural tradition of design and critique. It’s precisely this history which makes it still relevant in the greater design, development and governance conversation.

June 8, 2016
Re-Framing Urban Space
Housing Studies (abstract)

How should urban design be applied for emerging hybrid and high-density conditions?

June 2, 2016
Eye Tracking Technology and Visual Preference
Journal of Urbanism

Urban planners and designers use visual preference surveys to gather public opinion on potential designs for developments. Using eye-tracking technology, we administered a visual preference survey

May 23, 2016
The Boarding Houses that Built America
The American Conservative

During America’s century-long ascent from sleepy colonial backwater to great industrial giant, the urbanization of the country was funneled through a consistent apparatus: the boarding house.

The Crucial Need for Incremental Density
Urban Kchoze

One of the first articles I wrote for this blog illustrated the theory at the basis of my understanding of urban dynamics, that transport defined how a city grew and how it functioned.

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