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Urban Policy

As Cities Evolve, 'Access' Is About More Than Cars

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.22.2015 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Questions and answers about accessing cities and neighborhoods once spoke the language of exit ramps, street widening and parking adequacy. Now, different conversations, and varied imagery, create diverse story lines, where urban policy and citizen activism converge.

A New Chapter in the Fight for Fair Housing

Andre Shashaty | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Andre Shashaty

HUD issued a new rule explaining the detailed steps local governments must take to ensure equal access to housing for people of all races and ethnicities as a condition of receiving federal grants for housing and community development.

Using Urban Universals to Frame City Life

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.14.2015 | 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.

The Rise of Cities in the 21st Century

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
St. Gallen Symposium

The 21st century is seeing an incredible power shift and power dynamic with the rise of cities as socio-economic and political actors on national and world stages. However, as more and more of us now live in cities, cities are facing increasing pressures and challenges that need to be addressed.

Detroit Horse Power: Urban Horsemanship Provides A Proven Tool For Changing Lives

Nancy Kotting | Posted 06.30.2015 | Detroit
Nancy Kotting

There are models across the country where horses are brought into urban environments to enhance the lives of those within. They exist legally via ordinance or special use permits, some for recreational purposes such as the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Urban Edges and How to Define the Spaces Beyond

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.07.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Today's urbanist may also see a future gondola station, a walkable destination, or the potential for sustaining natural pockets amid the built environment.  But what compels such vision? I'll take a leap of faith here, in order to put a modern gloss on the human imagination that conceived the edge of the earth in Italy, long ago.

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.

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.

From Watts to Ferguson: Learning from Our Past

Andre Shashaty | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Andre Shashaty

For the past half-century, we've made progress bridging the gaps between the races and addressing inequality. If we don't want history to repeat itself, we cannot stop now. We must tell Congress to stop cutting successful housing and urban programs. On the contrary, it must restore funding cut over the last several years.

Could Lyft and Uber Put Public Transit Out of Business?

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 01.17.2015 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It is likely that these services will just exacerbate the differences that already exist in the quality of public transit in different areas. The localities that invested and ran their systems well won't be as impacted. In the areas where frustration is higher, the problems will surely become worse when revenues and ridership decline.

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.

Rethinking Cities as Sharing Platforms

April Rinne | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business
April Rinne

I work in the 'sharing economy' from a unique vantage point: at the nexus of private, public and social sectors, advising governments, companies, impa...

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.

How to Place-Decode the Elements of Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.04.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

According to the New York Times' Roger Cohen, France is struggling with changing times, including how perception of classic physical space is evolving as the role of cyberspace expands.

Timeless or Time-Bound in the City?

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.20.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

A uniform filter applied to multiple urban scenes can easily warp time and location, and obscure -- yet somehow enhance -- the reality of place.

Looking Behind the Common Sense Elements of City Life

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Last month, in Moustiers Sainte Marie, France, I watched several shopkeepers return a lost young bird to a part of town closer to its natural habitat. This small drama was a play of few acts, but reflected a pattern of human conduct embedded in urban life.

Jason Linkins

10 Things You Need To Know About Julian Castro If You'd Like To Be Somewhat Informed

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has been nominated to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. What's to be said about this? Well, over at the Washington Post, The Fix hooks you up with "The 10 things you need to know about Julian Castro." This must be a misprint, because the article goes on to relate 10 very inessential and/or inconsequential things about Castro. For example, did you know that he has a twin brother? Or that he does not speak Spanish? Here's a hot scoop: Castro could one day be the first Hispanic president of the United States, according to this one guy who said so once, unless of course someone else becomes the first Hispanic president of the United States. The whole "who will be the first Hispanic president of the United States" thing is really sort of up in the air at the moment.

Weakness Isn't an Option

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

It seems that oftentimes, when we speak about notions of manhood, we view the topic with a limited scope. We talk about the "man box," with references...

Watch These Cities Fundamentally Transform In Under 1 Minute

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.28.2014 | Business

Cities across the globe are growing in size and population at an astounding rate, and a team of researchers are looking at the past to prepare for wha...

Wake Up: Economic Inequality Among Minorities No Longer Just a Minority Problem

Nia Hamm | Posted 06.04.2014 | Black Voices
Nia Hamm

Take economic opportunity away from the nation's largest minority groups and you literally sabotage the economy.