New Urbanism

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Burke and My Vocation in the Crosswalk

The crossing guard is one of the little platoon leaders who brings order to urban life.

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Words on the Street

In this week’s best writing on cities: Jane Jacobs, radical or reactionary conservative?

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Why Sprawl Is Not the Only Choice

The misleading “land-use trilemma” suggests that affordable housing always requires expanding the suburbs.

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Detroit Never Died

When the city government went bankrupt, private citizens continued rebuilding.

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Words on the Street

In this week’s best writing on cities: Urban growth hides entrenched poverty.

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Modernism, Food, and Public Space

Why privately-owned plazas fail the comfort test

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Words on the Street

In this week’s best writing on cities: How Britons are saving local village pubs.

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Is Melbourne Really the World’s Most Livable City?

The Economist thinks so, but the city has become increasingly unaffordable.

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What Cities Can Learn From Thai-Style Economics

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

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The week’s best writing on cities: how to rebuild Penn Station, a new Pittsburgh airport, and China’s dysfunctional megacities.

Can Cooperative Businesses Save Communities?

Local ownership of inner-city enterprises is helping renew depressed neighborhoods.

Brazil’s Little Platoons

Residents of Rio’s famed slums are tougher and more self-sustaining than the Olympic games displacing them.

Good Neighboring In an Age of Police Brutality

Before calling the cops for a nuisance violation, reach out to your neighbor.

Where Do the Parties Stand on Housing?

The Republican and Democratic platforms recycle their talking points without addressing real issues.

Philadelphia Scales Up Civic Engagement

Micro-projects will always have their place, but the task of revitalizing cities can now grow beyond the block.

How Brandcentric Architecture Is Destroying Our Sense of Place

A community is defined by its common look. Why are big companies flattening local advantages?