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Posts in category “Place”

Baby Boomers Aging In a Car-Dependent World

Don’t blame planners or bureaucrats for not anticipating a walkable environment for older folks. Look in the mirror.

Posted September 14th, 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

When a House Was a Home

Defending ‘bourgeois middle class’ abodes as a good guide for stable family formation and domestic life.

Posted August 24th, 2018

A New and Misleading Story of Small Town Revival

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

Posted August 10th, 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

Sometimes You Just Need to Move

It’s okay to move out of a town that needs you, to find a place you need back.

Posted July 13th, 2018

Why Small Places Still Matter

America has almost entirely forgotten itself—shedding like a snake its local affections and its past.

Posted July 6th, 2018

Photographing the Ruins of Rural America

It is sad for our country that this is happening. It’s even sadder that it has barely been talked about.

Posted June 20th, 2018

Are Baby Boomers Excluding Millennials From Neighborhood Assocations?

Economic obstacles and insular attitudes keep many neighborhoods from welcoming newcomers.

Posted May 25th, 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

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

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

A Traditional Christmas Needs a Real Downtown

Not feeling the spirit in the big box stories and strip malls? There’s a reason for that.

Posted December 8th, 2017

What to Do When Suburbia is Your ‘Hometown’

Postwar development patterns have pitted the ideals of permanence and place against each other.

Posted November 17th, 2017

Loyalty to Place Can Renew American Towns

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

Posted October 10th, 2017