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Posts in category “Place”

Urban Growth and the Fallacy of Control

To make our own neighborhoods better, forget grand plans—and improve them incrementally.

Posted March 15th, 2019

Suburban Archaeology and America’s Architectural Commons

Tacky or not, America’s commercial strips and “placeless places” have developed their own historic, layered aesthetic.

Posted March 8th, 2019

What Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market Teaches Us About Urban Planning

Cities need to be open social spaces, more ecosystems than cold machines.

Posted January 4th, 2019

A Suburban Mall Dies in a New Deal Paradise

Greenbelt, Maryland’s Beltway Plaza Mall inches toward death, but suburban retrofit is not an unalloyed good.

Posted December 7th, 2018

The Suburbs Can’t Be Blamed for Everything

Research suggests encouraging denser living actually doesn’t make our social fabric any stronger.

Posted September 28th, 2018

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 Associations?

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