New Urbs

Posts in category “Place”

Charting History–With a Little Voyeurism–in Google Maps

Find out when a strip mall was built—or spy on a romantic dinner.

Posted March 13th, 2018

Today’s Skyscrapers Assault the Skyline and the Street

Many new towers do not respect their neighbors or the human scale of city life.

Posted March 9th, 2018

A Recipe For Transforming a Midwestern Neighborhood

It must begin at the grassroots, steering away from the outsider “fix it” mentality.

Posted February 23rd, 2018

The False Mirage of Eco-Cities

Resilient cities must be real places, not techno-utopian experiments.

Posted February 9th, 2018

A Philosopher Embraces New Urbanism—At Home and In the Classroom

Raised in sprawling Orange County, I rediscovered the virtues of traditional neighborhood life in the Midwest.

Posted January 12th, 2018

A Traditional Christmas Needs a Real Downtown

Not feeling the spirit in the big box stories and strip malls? There’s a reason for that.

Posted December 8th, 2017

What to Do When Suburbia is Your ‘Hometown’

Postwar development patterns have pitted the ideals of permanence and place against each other.

Posted November 17th, 2017

Loyalty to Place Can Renew American Towns

Our hometowns—or the places we make our hometowns—deserve our love.

Posted October 10th, 2017