New Urbs

Posts in category “Urbanism”

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

Why Ballparks Can’t Save Cities

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

Posted October 31st, 2016

Does Small, Local Retail Matter?

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

Posted October 27th, 2016

What the Rust Belt Can Learn from Rio

By returning to their roots, gritty places can prosper outside established economic structures.

Posted October 20th, 2016

Google Maps and What Makes a Neighborhood Interesting

Can an algorithm really understand what makes a successful place?

Posted October 14th, 2016

What Cities Can Learn From Thai-Style Economics

In Bangkok, communal solidarity brings order to streets that seem hopelessly chaotic.

Posted August 31st, 2016

How Cinema Returned to the City

Despite the rise of the suburban multiplex and Netflix, urban movie theaters are making a comeback.

Posted July 5th, 2016

Detroit’s Doughnut of Despair?

A tour of neighborhoods outside downtown reveals pockets of viable urbanism.

Posted July 1st, 2016

‘Smart Growth’ and the Sidewalk Ballet

The democratic underpinnings of good urbanism can sometimes matter even more than the building plans.

Posted April 6th, 2016

Kentucky’s Conservative Urbanism

The ordinary folks of Bellevue, Ky. inherited a downtown every bit Brooklyn’s equal.

Posted September 9th, 2015

Brad Pitt’s Rotting Post-Katrina Modernism—and Ours

Why New Orleans localism beat the world’s most famous architects

Posted August 31st, 2015

Why Walkability Matters

When did the car triumph over the pedestrian as a symbol of American freedom?

Posted August 21st, 2015