New Urbs

Posts in category “Urbanism”

The False Mirage of Eco-Cities

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

Posted February 9th, 2018

Stuck in America’s Struggling Small Towns

When it comes to being poor, geography is destiny. But do we just leave blighted communities to die?

Posted February 5th, 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

We Should Not Fear Gentrification In the Rust Belt

Squelching private investment in the urban core will only perpetuate inequality and economic segregation.

Posted January 5th, 2018

The New Urbanist Credo: ‘Make No Big Plans’

In a new book, Strong Towns promotes a fine-grained, bottom-up approach to development

Posted December 22nd, 2017

Did the State Destroy the Best Model for Affordable Urban Housing?

Working and middle-class cooperative buildings were an invention of civil society.

Posted November 10th, 2017

Philadelphia’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Benjamin Franklin Parkway was supposed to make Philly more like Paris. But it came of age with the automobile.

Posted November 3rd, 2017

The Infinite Suburb Is an Academic Joke

No matter what the techno-narcissists like to say.

Posted October 27th, 2017

Struggling Cities Don’t Need Creative Class Leadership

Outside talent often focuses on big ideas while neglecting fiscal realities.

Posted October 13th, 2017

How to Start a Retail Business Without a Main Street

Mobile, in-home businesses are the latest adaptations in a post-sprawl reality.

Posted October 6th, 2017

We Need Fewer World Leaders, And More Good Neighbors

Higher education teaches youths to be boomers, not stickers—thus encouraging brain drain.

Posted September 29th, 2017

A Proper Lament for Fading Mid-Century Suburbia

Much of it needs to go, but it deserves a “funeral” first.

Posted September 15th, 2017

What Cities Can Learn From the Victorian Era

A lack of regulation led to public-health concerns, but also produced great neighborhoods and innovations.

Posted August 25th, 2017

The Surprisingly Walkable Jersey Shore

Many old beach towns realize the highest ideals of urbanism.

Posted August 18th, 2017

How Federal Policy Holds Back Sustainable Economic Growth

Overly restrictive patent law and housing regulation reward existing monopolies.

Posted July 22nd, 2017

The Redemption of Richard Florida

From creative class to working class.

Posted July 14th, 2017

How a Small Maryland City Is Competing with Georgetown

Frederick, Md. revitalized its 18th century downtown with a flood control project.

Posted June 16th, 2017