New Urbs

Posts in category “Walkability”

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

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

Orange County Gets Density—and Subpar Urbanism

New developments in old suburbia resemble an odd platypus hybrid.

Posted January 26th, 2018

Slow the Cars

Streets emphasize wealth creation. Roads are about movement. Combining the two functions is folly.

Posted January 19th, 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