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

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2014 | 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 04.07.2014 | 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.

The Bottom-Line Patterns of Urban Street Design

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

A recent collaboration suggests that we should explicitly recognize historic patterns of pedestrian city settings in contemporary urban design and pol...

Why Do We Write About Cities?

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In 2011, amid a visit to San Francisco and just back from Africa, I offered some thoughts about why we write about cities. Three years later, I'm not sure much has changed.

Targeting the Place-Receiving in Placemaking, and Why

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In the end, we should focus more on place-receivers as the most authentic stakeholders of meaning in the urban experience. If people cannot place-receive with a sense of acceptance and inspiration, placemaking may mean very little indeed.

Why Urban History Matters

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.04.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Going forward, let's not discount the influence of history's recurring themes in how we redevelop the urban realm.

When Words Lose Their Meaning at the Edge of the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

The age-old questions of urban boundaries and city walls matter less today in a physical sense, but photographs have suggested that the political overlay of region, cities and neighborhoods still keep visible form, however counterintuitive.

How to Reduce Pedestrian Fatalities In NYC

Harris Silver | Posted 04.02.2014 | New York
Harris Silver

A number of high-profile pedestrian deaths has put pedestrian safety on the public's radar and on our new mayor's agenda.

Urban Blending and the Mythical Search for 'Congruity' in the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

For many, a dramatic contrast in height, bulk and density is the recipe for "incongruity." But, in a larger sense, don't today's urban centerpieces by definition show the latent "incongruities" of city life?

A Plan to Reduce Emergency Vehicle Response Times and Increase Safety for Cyclists (PHOTOS)

Harris Silver | Posted 03.09.2014 | New York
Harris Silver

Fire trucks and ambulances responding to emergencies have a higher priority legally and morally than people who choose to drive into Manhattan instead of taking public transit.

Our 13 Favorite Books of 2013

Bruce Katz | Posted 03.01.2014 | Books
Bruce Katz

As 2013 comes to a close, here are 13 books (and a bonus e-book) you should investigate if you want to know more about why cities and metros matter, about the magnitude of the challenges that they are taking on, and about how they can do better.

The Urban Stage on Election Day, Seattle Style

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In general, our mayor's race has been local in focus, without ample attention to how McGinn reflects, if not leads, the trend lines of changing cities everywhere.

Curitiba's Jaime Lerner

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Roberta Brandes Gratz

"Over my dead body" is how renowned former Curitiba mayor Jaime Lerner responds to a question about the proposed subway for this Brazilian city, internationally famous for inventing the Bus Rapid Transit system under his leadership in the 1970s.

Finding Urban 'Tethers' in City Places

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In London's Russell Square one recent morning, I saw the human-scale "tether" illustrated above. Whether for safety or togetherness, parent and chi...

Why the 'Sit-able City' Is the Next Big Idea

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 12.09.2013 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

A greater focus on the sit-able is an invitation to rich discussion and ready illustration based on human tradition.

Contrasting Two Models of How Places Survive

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

The silence of Brovès provided a stark and confounding contrast. I found while photographing the townscape that without its people, the urban form along the highway had little voice. Are there practical lessons from these two models of how a place survives?

The Best New Ideas In Washington

Darius Graham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Darius Graham

What often goes unrealized is that Washington, D.C. is so much more than a collection of government offices and historic buildings, it is also an urban city with all of the attendant challenges.

What Government Shutdown? Metros Open for Business

Bruce Katz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Bruce Katz

For everyone who is tired of our dysfunctional federal government, this metropolitan revolution offers a path forward. Metropolitan areas are succeeding in spite of grave economic and political challenges at the national level.

Cities and the Environment

David S. Beckman | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
David S. Beckman

With billions headed for urban centers in the decades to come, and with cities already home to a majority of the earth's population, the future of cities and our environment are inextricably connected.

Black on Black and White on White Violence: An American Story

Khary Lazarre-White | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Khary Lazarre-White

American's plague of violence is clear -- it strikes all communities -- and people cannot make up their own facts. We don't have only a problem of black violence in America -- we have a problem of male violence -- and thus white male violence and Latino male violence.

Danielle Schlanger

Obama's Urban Affairs Office Brings Hope But Not Much Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

This article is part of a Huffington Post series examining the state of Black America. To read more, click here. WASHINGTON -- Less than a week af...

The Rural Landscape and Urban Lessons Learned

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.07.2013 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Take a harder look, and see the reasons forests and farms have been elemental to growth management legislation, emulating the naturally evolved agricultural region that has always surrounded the City of Rome.

The Ecology of Public Space: From Uhuru to Taksim

Mia MacDonald | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Mia MacDonald

As public space has become increasingly privatized and commercialized, such green space reminds people that they're citizens and rights-bearers, and not merely consumers and logo-wearers.