Matthew Robare

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Once a Vibrant Place, Harvard Square Is Dying

Before chain stores and banks took over, the busy Cambridge district was full of independent businesses.
Matthew Robare November 29, 2019

Is New Urbanism Only For Leftists?

The movement is not a secret scheme for socialism.
Matthew Robare October 11, 2019

We Mortgaged Our Future With Overvalued Housing

The "Yes In My Backyard" movement aims to build more affordable homes.
Matthew Robare June 28, 2019

Classical Architecture Makes Vibrant Streets—Not Nostalgic Disneylands

In Boston and beyond, well-designed neighborhoods help residents feel at home.
Matthew Robare June 21, 2019

How to Keep Walking In a Winter Wonderland

In colder climes, pathways must be cleared of snow for pedestrians—not just cars.
Matthew Robare February 1, 2019

Hyperlocal Zoning Can Reset London—and American Politics

The Nobel Prize-winning economist Elinor Ostrom inspired Londoners to change block by block.
Matthew Robare November 30, 2018

A New and Misleading Story of Small Town Revival

An Atlantic correspondent visits obscure places, but avoids hard questions.
Matthew Robare August 10, 2018

Vermont’s $10,000 Gamble

Can the Green Mountain State pay new residents to settle there?
Matthew Robare June 29, 2018