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Observing the City: Exploring Dreams, Not Memes

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.20.2016 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The participation of diverse voices in city decision-making processes is critical to successful urban change. By diverse, I mean not just professional...

White Women, Black Men Aren't Hurting You

Brent Thomas Whiteside | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Brent Thomas Whiteside

She turns to see how far I am behind her, grabs the purse that hangs off her shoulders, clutches it to her chest, then turns back around. Really? You couldn't even be more subtle about it? I think: Does this White woman feel threatened by me? Oh, girl.

New York's Classic Skyscrapers: An Insider's Grand Tour

Peter Mandel | Posted 04.26.2016 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The idea of the city skyscraper, of building up instead of out, was first dreamt up back in Chicago's frontier days. But to those, like me, who spend...

Austin's Swankiest Hotels (and Their Best Amenities)

Deborah Stachelski | Posted 12.16.2015 | Travel
Deborah Stachelski

W Austin Having just celebrated its fifth birthday in Austin, it comes as no surprise that the W Hotel has its own category in the hotel world....

Kembra Pfahler: You Will Lose Friends for Your Art

BOMB Magazine | Posted 11.11.2015 | Arts
BOMB Magazine

Kembra Pfahler is a downtown legend: a punk rocker, screen goddess, curator, and performance artist who moved from Los Angeles to the East Village in the early 1980s.

The Chef, the Designer, the Dish and the Location: Thai-ing Up at The Palace Downtown Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.08.2015 | Travel
E. Nina Rothe

Dubai -- like the Manhattan of Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat -- is a land of visionaries and pioneers, but also a megalopolis that is achieving its stellar place on the jet setting world map at dizzying speeds.

Kooky, Spooky House That 'Raps' Macklemore Helped Raise $10,000 For Charity

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 10.22.2015 | Good News

Honestly, we don't know nothing about putting up Halloween lights. But we can all agree this is AMAZING. Brandon Bullis, a 46-year-old who lives in ...

Learning Chinese

Tricia McCallum | Posted 07.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Tricia McCallum

Growing up in a small northern town shaped me in ways untold. As a little girl my family lived in an apartment above a hardware store on our small t...

BIERBEISL Reopens Downtown - Delicious Austrian Food!

Jay Weston | Posted 07.17.2016 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Chef points to one of Jenny Okun's remarkable photographic murals. "Why did you reopen downtown in this Spring Street Arcade?" I asked the tall (6'8") Austrian chef, Bernhard Mairinger, as I busily wolfed down a trio of sausages.

Using Urban Universals to Frame City Life

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.14.2016 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The two photographs below say both simple and remarkable things about how urban residents interact with each other, and the streets around them.

How Millennials Are Reviving Cleveland

Citylab | Eric Jaffe | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business

This story originally appeared on Citylab. In reporting an Atlantic piece on James Corner’s fantastic redesign of Cleveland’s Public Square, I ...

It's a Trend: More Businesses Are Choosing Downtowns and Walkable Locations

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.18.2016 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

For those places that are coming back, or as in the case of Dublin being made more walkable, the environment especially will benefit as car trips can become shorter and, in many cases, can be replaced by transit and walking trips. We will also need fewer intrusions on undeveloped watersheds and the rural countryside. And, besides, walkable places are good for our health, too.

24-Hour Vegas: 8 New Reasons to Love Downtown

Orbitz.com | Posted 05.28.2016 | Travel
Orbitz.com

We don't want to deny the world famous Las Vegas Strip its awesomeness--it totally rules. But downtown Sin City is working up some seriously major mojo these days.

The Art of Activating Archives: Marvin J. Taylor and Martha Wilson: DOWNTOW

Roslyn Bernstein | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Roslyn Bernstein

Someone who is at home walking the streets south of 14th Street, the cobblestones of Greenwich Village and SoHo and the black-top of the Lower East Side.

Using Urban Observation to "Ghost-Bust" Cities

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

I saw a ghost, of a missing building from a boyhood memory -- something that Amazon might have retrofitted, today, if it were still there for the taking.

Who's Sprawling Now? Mixed Signals From the Market

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.09.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Something very interesting is happening: companies are recognizing that today's workforce wants a more urban lifestyle, even in the suburbs.

Reading Cities, Cover to Cover, And Why

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 04.12.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

When Charles Montgomery penned The Happy City, he knew that going forward, evolving cities need to honor human emotion. His follow-up labs attempt to measure what humans want and need in urban environments.

From Urbanizing to Urban, According to My Facebook Cover Page

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 03.08.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

During a year filled with four trips abroad and two months away, many of my 2014 Facebook cover photos helped fill my yearly urban and exurban diaries.

Sustainable Housing, Politics and a Basic Pride of Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 12.23.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

We carry with us the ability to mine pride from place, even in places that are, perhaps, least expected to shine.

Reinventing Our Downtowns

John M. Eger | Posted 12.15.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

What we do in our schools is becoming a major topic for discussion. What we do in our communities, where most people and our kids spend the majority of their time, is just as important.

Why the 'Finesse of the Avenue' Is What Cities Need

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 12.07.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

While Cassis is known as a fishing village turned touristic haven (and a departure point for dramatic rock faces above the Mediterranean and remarkable inlets along coast, a short distance from Marseille), this essay is hardly a travelogue.

The Look and Feel of 'Inevitably Urban'

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.29.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

I have compiled 25 photographs for this essay -- taken in multiple locations since 2009, including cities on four continents. The photographs are presented in black and white, to better show the contrast between the human and built environment, yet also emphasize the undeniably symmetry between.

How to Decode the Place Between Places

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.23.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The ebb and flow of nature, economic base and the passage of time are always ripe for observation. Below, take note of one walk's illustration of two towns, their edges and the spaces between.

The Option of Sensing the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.11.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Sensing the city is a personal experience owned by each of us. From a legal perspective, it is an urban property right that transcends public and private domains. It is a form of place-decoding that deserves more illustration and attention.

5 Good Caffeine Reasons to Visit Downtown Las Vegas

JK Russ | Posted 11.04.2014 | Taste
JK Russ

I have developed an obsession for hunting out good coffee experiences wherever I go.