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Urban Planning

Proxy Wars: More on Reconsidering Jane Jacobs

Frank Gruber | Posted 07.11.2011 | Books
Frank Gruber

What the New Urbanists take from Jane Jacobs is what nearly every other planner or urbanist working today takes from Jacobs regardless in what context they work: a set of pro-urban values. Love of the city.

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.

Detroit Turns to Children To Plan Its Future

Posted 07.05.2011 | Education

Recent plans for Detroit's urban renewal came from an unexpected group: children, who will arguably be most affected by the city's future development....

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.

Istanbul To Be Split In Two?

The Guardian | Justin Vela in Istanbul | Posted 06.18.2011 | World

Istanbul is renown as the place where east meets west, the only city in the world to straddle Europe and Asia. But it may soon lose this unique status...

Urban Engines -- American Cities Must Grow

Greg Selkoe | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Greg Selkoe

My name is Greg Selkoe and I am an entrepreneur. This is a phrase I am proud of and no matter what the activity, whether it was when I worked at City ...

Will Guzzardi

Industrial Corridor In Pilsen Becoming Cutting-Edge 'Green Street' | Will Guzzardi | Posted 06.14.2011 | Chicago

Heading west from the Dan Ryan Expressway on the near South Side of Chicago, Cermak Road is a wide, industrial street, lined on its south side with wa...

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...

10 Recommendations For The Downtown NFL Stadium

Curbed LA | Posted 06.05.2011 | Los Angeles

As discussions with AEG about an NFL stadium in Los Angeles continue, we're starting to think this thing actually might happen! (If the NFL wants it t...

Bahrain: A Roundabout Way to Signifying Nothing

Todd Reisz | Posted 06.05.2011 | World
Todd Reisz

The roundabout, or traffic circle, represents the strides of modernization that the British presence unfurled in Bahrain. A symbol of unrest might be gone, but Bahrain is far from being stable again.

What President Obama Can Learn From Brazil

Milton Curry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Milton Curry

What we need now is what Brazil's former President Kubichek produced in the 1950s -- a symbolic architectural/urban concept that mobilizes the nation to want to achieve its goals.

Updating "Make No Little Plans": Urbanism, Social Network-Style

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Charles R. Wolfe

Surely every self-styled urban visionary, and quotation-centric student of prose, knows the magic words attributed to monumental, "city beautiful" Chi...

Village Green: a day in Sustainaville

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

One thing that I have learned in six months in my new position as director of sustainable communities at NRDC is even a lot of environmentalists don't quite know what to make of the phrase.

What Philadelphia's Census Numbers Tell Us About the Arts and the Changing City

Gary P. Steuer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Gary P. Steuer

The connection between the changing demographics of the city and the arts should be obvious. Our "traditional" (i.e. not community-based) arts groups must find a way to thrive.

Vulnerable Is Not Just An Island In The Pacific

Lisa Guest | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Guest

I recognize I can't do much but prepare myself as best I can, then trust and have hope.

Brooklyn BP Markowitz's Atlantic Yards Falsehood (Video)

Norman Oder | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Norman Oder

Brooklyn's not close to "1000 percent behind Atlantic Yards." Did Markowitz really think no one would notice such a claim?

Talking Urban: A Review of The Language of Towns and Cities by Dhiru A. Thadani

Frank Gruber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Frank Gruber

The Language of Towns and Cities is an oddly personal work. I say "oddly," because the book's title invokes that most characteristically objective of all books, the dictionary.

Nixon in China and the American City: Radical Urban Revitalization Needed

Milton Curry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Milton Curry

The America of 2011 is similar to Nixon's America -- one in which the dominant ideology of suburban living has consumed the nation's political and economic imagination.

Tahrir Square-- Where Social Media Found a Footing: Traditional Urban Plazas as Crucible of Change

Paul Gunther | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Gunther

Social media as a formal means of communication works in isolation and can only congeal with forward momentum when there's a place to go.

Village Green: What Do the World's Most Romantic Cities Have in Common?

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Some cities that perennially make "ten-most-romantic cities" lists. And people fall in love with them, and in them, in part because they are so conducive to nourishing the human spirit.

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.

Building the Just City: Contemporary Urbanism in Brazil: Beyond Brasilia

Frank Gruber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Frank Gruber

Brazil was not the only developing country beset with exploding urban populations but the transition to democracy in Brazil allowed for a dramatic change in the goals and tools of urban planning.

Village Green: New Report Shows How Smart Land Planning Helps Prosperity

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Cities investing in public transportation and downtown development are experiencing cost savings, growing tax revenues, increased property values and booming retail sales.

Deira Modern, Notes on Dubai

Todd Reisz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Todd Reisz

Deira is often referred to as "Old Dubai," a generalization that only describes a stop on the Dubai visitor's course. To see a gold souk, a fish market. To take an abra ride for no reason other than to take an abra ride.

Can Chicago Get Out of Its Parking Meter Lease?

Aaron Renn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Aaron Renn

Could Chicago in fact get out of the parking meter deal? Possibly, though it's a long shot. But it's imperative that the next mayor at least take a run at it.