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Downtown Los Angeles Is Coming Home—to the New Elite

The last frontier of Southern California is in the former Skid Row.
Alix Ollivier March 22, 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.
Addison Del Mastro March 8, 2019

Did the Golden Age of Department Stores Bring Us Together?

Mass-market retailers were always in tension with local, neighborhood shops.
Stephen Eide December 21, 2018

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.
Addison Del Mastro December 7, 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.
Theo Mackey Pollack November 9, 2018

Trader Joe’s: Good Food and Good Urbanism

It's a good example of how retailers might have made America better had they thought more about design and customer service.
Addison Del Mastro October 24, 2018

Charting History–With a Little Voyeurism–in Google Maps

Find out when a strip mall was built---or spy on a romantic dinner.
Addison Del Mastro March 13, 2018

The Slow Death of the Shopping Plaza

This 'monstrosity' is in one of the richest zip codes in the country.
Addison Del Mastro March 1, 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.
Addison Del Mastro January 24, 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.
Matthias Leyrer December 8, 2017
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