Author Archives: Matthew Robare

From Chapels to Condos

Is there still room for the sacred in the city?

The Urban Home as Fortress

Privacy fences make neighborhoods boring and subject to blight.

Why Ballparks Can’t Save Cities

Neoclassical stadiums have revitalized baseball, but don’t automatically create vibrant neighborhoods.

Does Small, Local Retail Matter?

When revitalized downtowns become dominated by chain stores, independent businesses struggle to compete.

Why Sprawl Is Not the Only Choice

The misleading “land-use trilemma” suggests that affordable housing always requires expanding the suburbs.

Can Cooperative Businesses Save Communities?

Local ownership of inner-city enterprises is helping renew depressed neighborhoods.

How to Bring Back Southbridge

A 21-year-old developer is rescuing his hometown—one building at a time.

100 Years of Jane Jacobs Down, 100 Years to Go

Advancing the great urbanist’s wisdom of recovery has to proceed organically, over the generations.

China Greenwashes Le Corbusier

Creating whole cities from scratch is neither environmentally nor socially sustainable.

American Anarchist

Noam Chomsky holds court on his political philosophy and its critique of power.