New Urbs

Posts in category “Urbanism”

What Makes a Great Street?

A classic work reminds us that placemaking is more art than science.

Posted April 13th, 2018

Self-Driving Cars and the Hostile Takeover of Our Streets

An Uber self-driving car has killed a pedestrian. But the questions go beyond the safety of the new technology.

Posted March 23rd, 2018

Why No Nobel Prize For Architecture?

The big awards divide the profession into modernists and traditionalists.

Posted March 16th, 2018

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

Drivers Declare War on Walkers

For Pedestrians, Life is Nasty, Brutish—and Too Often Short

Posted March 2nd, 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

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