New Urbs

Posts in category “Urbanism”

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

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