New Urbs

Posts in category “Incremental Urbanism”

Why Can’t I Afford to Live Here?

Zoning, financing, creative construction—cities and states need to help regular people live where they work.

Posted October 12th, 2018

The Threat of ‘Genius’ to Truly Successful Architecture

Buildings that stand out when they should fit in are showpieces for their creators but can be offensive to the rest of us.

Posted September 7th, 2018

Glory Days: Reviving Asbury Park, City on the Shore

After decades of decline, the wonderland of Springsteen’s youth is at a hopeful crossroads.

Posted August 31st, 2018

A New and Misleading Story of Small Town Revival

An Atlantic correspondent visits obscure places, but avoids hard questions.

Posted August 10th, 2018

New Housing Can Spur Growth In Cities Left for Dead

For depopulated urban cores, jobs aren’t the only issue.

Posted July 27th, 2018

The Rust Belt Can Do Better Than ‘Managed Decline’

By creating value in older neighborhoods, Akron and other cities can attract new residents.

Posted July 20th, 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

Orange County Gets Density—and Subpar Urbanism

New developments in old suburbia resemble an odd platypus hybrid.

Posted January 26th, 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

City Regulatory Hurdles Favor Big Developers, Not the Little Guy

Small-scale real-estate entrepreneurs face unresponsive bureaucracies and inspectors hungry for violations.

Posted December 4th, 2017

Loyalty to Place Can Renew American Towns

Our hometowns—or the places we make our hometowns—deserve our love.

Posted October 10th, 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