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Corners as the Baseline for Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.12.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

More so than public squares -- which require a conscious set-aside of assembled space -- corners naturally result from crossroads, the elemental feature of travel between places.

25 Overlooked Political Books Of 2011

Anis Shivani | Posted 08.08.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Can Detroit be saved? What are the myths of green energy? What can we learn from the boggled reconstruction of Iraq? Are we going to share a future of biometric surveillance? Just how did white middle-class Americans start identifying themselves as outsiders?

Creating the Urban Diary

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.07.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Cities are hubs of human interaction, and the urban experience can be enhanced by authentic participation in the dynamics of a place and transitions to nearby venues.

Love NYC's Diversity? Then Strengthen Rent Regulations

Brad Lander | Posted 08.03.2011 | New York
Brad Lander

Rent regulations aren't just our best affordable housing program. They are something much deeper: policy for a diverse, stable city.

Exploring Simple Urban Amenities at the Public Edge

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.02.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

What if American cities legislated brighter color amid windows, balconies planted green and encouraged flags and hanging laundry? What if homeowner associations and rental contracts required vegetation and decoration?

Making Big Urban Ideas Happen Through Idea Management

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.27.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Once a big idea is vetted -- whether in an authoritarian or democratic way -- what assures its success? Most particularly, what if, from Day One, the vision pushes comfort zones of the achievable; politically, legally or monetarily?

Framing the Question of Place in Portland

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.16.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

2011-05-16-Portland.jpgPortland has captured the imagination of a new generation of city-oriented populists.

Coloring the Urban Experience

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.11.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

How can we marshal the potential of urban color while retaining a legally appropriate balance between public regulation of the private realm?

Inspiring the Redefinition of Urban Public Space

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.06.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Here, from afar, is more evidence that street and square, beach and byway all have a greater and unrealized multipurpose capacity, ripe for recalibration in ever-evolving America.

Visioning Neighborhood and the City, Then and Now

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.21.2011 | Chicago
Charles R. Wolfe

Today's efforts to recreate elements of the city, of whatever prescription of urbanism (e.g., "new," "landscape" or "ecological"), often turn on issues once considered in design competitions long forgotten.

Urbanism Chasing Utopia

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.11.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Generally speaking, the description of any Utopia that involves many details is apt to be an unconvincing way to present a principle which can be appl...

In the City, We Cannot Live by Social Science Alone

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Edward Glaeser's recent piece on Seattle is great press -- the stuff of boosterism and for use as evidence in corner of higher education, in the face of looming budget cuts in Olympia, our state capital.

Writing on the Wall

John M. Eger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
John M. Eger

Especially in our digital age, when signing someone's Facebook "wall" feels so transitory, there's something alluring about markings with more permanence.

Mayor Emanuel's Next Move on Immigration Policy

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Afton Branche

As Chicago's next mayor, Emanuel has a crucial opportunity to prove his critics on immigration policy wrong.

Nature in New York City

Marielle Anzelone | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Marielle Anzelone

It isn't easy being green in the Big Apple. Over the past century, 75% of the city's woodlands, wetlands and meadows have been destroyed.

Cabrini-Green's Closure Ends An Ugly Era In Public Housing

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — For decades, Chicago's infamous Cabrini-Green high-rises – with their fenced-in balconies and horrific high-profile crimes &ndas...

How Smart Are Public-Private Partnerships?

Jeffrey Inaba | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Inaba

While public-private partnerships help support public services as municipalities reduce costs, they also call attention to the need to examine the decision-making process for improving cities.

Alan Simpson Doesn't Know What His Grandchildren Are Talking About

Hilary A. Doe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hilary A. Doe

By: Zachary Kolodin, Roosevelt Campus Network As President Obama's Fiscal Responsibility Commission releases its recommendations, we'll continue to h...

Cities Without Stimulus

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Harry Moroz

Less than one percent of stimulus spending went directly to cities because cities are "lowest" in the federal hierarchy. Yet cities contain the majority of the nation's jobs, population, and economic output.

Saving Shrinking Cities

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roberta Brandes Gratz

If one looks at the history of some of our cities' most desirable neighborhoods today and recognizes what a staggering number of them were once miserable slums, then a truly "creative" path reveals itself.

Brookings Institute Study: Denver Well-Positio

The Denver Post | Burt Hubbard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The Denver area is poised to emerge in the coming decade as a model for economic growth, while avoiding much of the conflict and upheaval facing other...

The City in the White House

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Carrion's departure leaves the Office of Urban Affairs at a crossroads. Without a formal leader, the Office is at risk of being lost in a White House filled with powerful figures and, as will always be the case, competing priorities.

The American Garmento: An Endangered Species in its Natural Habitat

Jenni Avins | Posted 08.01.2011 | New York
Jenni Avins

Gave a peek into New York City's Garment District's nooks and crannies via a few little videos, for a glimpse at the American Garmento -- an endangered species in its natural habitat.

The Toughest Job in America

Sam Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Sam Roberts

Who was really "America's Mayor," Rudy Giuliani or John V. Lindsay? Each could stake a credible claim to that rubric, which was the title of a book about Giuliani and of one that I just edited on Lindsay.

Our Broken Regions - Fixing the Hidden Cause of our Economic Downfall

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Sustainable regions are only possible if all people have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Areas that embrace this "regional equity" focus will be on the fast-track to economic stability and growth.