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Posts in category “Preservation”

Classical Architecture Makes Vibrant Streets—Not Nostalgic Disneylands

In Boston and beyond, well-designed neighborhoods help residents feel at home.

Posted June 21st, 2019

When a World’s Fair Legacy Becomes Texas-Size Challenge

Fair Park was once a unique and thriving part of Dallas. Can New Urbanist ideas save it?

Posted June 14th, 2019

Why Rebuild a Gothic ‘Addition’ to Notre Dame?

Modernist architects want to replace the 1850s gothic flèche, proposing an ugly, incongruous spike.

Posted April 26th, 2019

A Lost Monument to Industry—and Traditional Urbanism

The Singer Building was an early skyscraper that respected the skyline.

Posted February 15th, 2019

What It Actually Costs to Maintain An Older House

If Rust Belt cities stay too inexpensive, every homeowner suffers.

Posted January 18th, 2019

When London’s Dragons Ruled Before Skyscrapers

Out-of-scale glass towers are destroying the historic character of this once beautiful place.

Posted January 11th, 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

A NYC Tenement Legacy Persists, Despite Gentrification

Photographer Jacob Riis charted the perils of industrial urbanism, still seen in this corner of the Lower East Side.

Posted November 9th, 2018

The Methodist Paradise on the Jersey Shore

This preserved village is an expression of incremental urbanism built exclusively for human interaction and divine inspiration.

Posted October 19th, 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

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

Driving and Thinking on a Classic New Jersey Highway Strip

I was surprised to find not much has changed in our living patterns over the last 50 years.

Posted January 24th, 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

Loyalty to Place Can Renew American Towns

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

Posted October 10th, 2017

The Perfect Apartment Building Is Hiding in Plain Sight

A century ago, unencumbered by zoning, developers built humane urban residences for the middle class.

Posted September 22nd, 2017

When Historic Preservation Depends on Gentrification

To survive, smaller cities need economic and cultural capital.

Posted July 7th, 2017