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Urban Policy

Americans Are Protesting, But What Stops Full-Scale Rioting?

Jake Blumgart | Posted 05.30.2012 | Books
Jake Blumgart

Michael Katz's Why Don't American Cities Burn? is both a crushing reminder of seemingly intractable problems that still face American cities and an exploration of why things aren't worse.

Street Food and Urban Culture

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 05.12.2012 | New York
Fabio Parasecoli

Both gourmet food trucks and allegedly messy carts are constitutive elements of the NYC foodscape. Any attempt at deciding what category of vendor is better somehow goes against the very spirit of the city.

Could We 'Fix' Detroit With $800 Billion? Let's Try!

Ned Staebler | Posted 03.21.2012 | Detroit
Ned Staebler

The direct financial costs of the Iraq war were estimated to be about $800 billion, with a 'B.' That struck me as a lot of money. I started thinking: "What else could we have done with $800 billion over eight years?"

PHOTOS: America's Abandoned Places And How They Got That Way

Posted 01.12.2012 | Travel

The following is a post from David Schalliol, the Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The pho...

A Simple Portrait of an Urban Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 02.08.2012 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

From time to time, a single image captures the look and feel of city life, and successfully depicts an urban place where people come together. La...

What Mayor Bloomberg, Economists Can Learn From Occupy Wall Street

Eric Peterson | Posted 01.29.2012 | New York
Eric Peterson

While some may utilize appealing rhetoric and claim to work in our name, it is clear that no one else is going to create the city we imagine for us, this is our job.

Fostering Collaboration between Schools and Urban Communities

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 12.28.2011 | Black Voices
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The renewal of urban schools and communities are linked, as it is difficult for communities to improve without a decent education system, but it is also difficult for schools to improve without support from an energized, active community.

Experiencing the Sonata of Urban Density (VIDEO)

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 11.20.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Take a creative break from today's active discussions about the benefits of urban density with a sonata that examines compact development examples from across the world.

City Shaping III: The Philadelphia Story

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 11.13.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

For more than three centuries, city planning, landscape architecture and a unique civic ambition that emphasizes horticulture as much as the pedestrian experience in its public spaces and streetscapes, have made Philadelphia a fascinating city.

Restore Detroit, Revive the Economy: My Letter to President Obama

Rep. Hansen Clarke | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Rep. Hansen Clarke

I write today to thank you for your advocacy on behalf of unemployed Americans and to urge you to consider innovative new ways to create jobs and spur economic growth.

Confronting The Urban Mirror

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.28.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

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Early Education Gives Poor Kids a Chance to Succeed

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 10.24.2011 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

Quality educational programs that begin early in life have the potential to close gaps in school achievement that exist between poor minority children and their middle class counterparts.

Discerning Successful Elements of People, Place and Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.24.2011 | Home
Charles R. Wolfe

Nothing is better for advocates of urbanism than simple immersion in the look and feel of a successful, authentic place. After a week of observation ...

Rediscovering the Road to the Sustainable City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.16.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Those of us who write about cities should be students of history and experience, and with some humility listen to scholars and the legacy of urban development from from around the world.

Retaining Sustainable Storefronts in the Urban Realm

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.09.2011 | Home
Charles R. Wolfe

Vital storefronts are an indicator of urban success, while empty businesses are akin to the ruins of Pompeii.

Uncovering Embedded Patterns of Place in the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.30.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

2011-07-31-Screenshot20110731at5.20.36PM.jpg Amid the roads, sidewalks and places that you have visited before, there are often embedded patterns to uncover, read and reinterpret.

Assuring Sustainable Third Places in the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.23.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

Will the prime square footage occupied by Borders have similar 'third place' potential once reclaimed? Will replacement uses provide the equivalent fusion business purposes of books, coffee, lecture and song?

Fusion Businesses and the Cities of Tomorrow

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.16.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

When a small branch of a local ice cream business opened within the laundromat up the street, it was evidence that today's land use regulations are becoming more in sync with changing urban reality.

Pondering Artifacts of Displacement in the Sustainable City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.04.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

If our cities must be dense to be competitive and sustainable, we must also look with care to the potential displacement of uses, institutions or traditions -- not to mention the artifacts we will leave behind.

Political Schizophrenia in Detroit

Kirk Cheyfitz | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Kirk Cheyfitz

The mayor of Detroit, a businessman turned novice politician, is failing to provide the political leadership necessary to turn one of America's most troubled towns in a new direction.

Exploring the Immediacy of the In-Between Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 08.27.2011 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The archaeology of today's urban regions need not be excavation-based. One trick allows the illusion of memory through photographic tools.

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.