Downtown Los Angeles Is Coming Home—to the New Elite
The last frontier of Southern California is in the former Skid Row.
Suburban Archaeology and America’s Architectural Commons
Tacky or not, America's commercial strips and "placeless places" have developed their own historic, layered aesthetic.
Did the Golden Age of Department Stores Bring Us Together?
Mass-market retailers were always in tension with local, neighborhood shops.
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.
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.
Charting History–With a Little Voyeurism–in Google Maps
Find out when a strip mall was built---or spy on a romantic dinner.
The Slow Death of the Shopping Plaza
This 'monstrosity' is in one of the richest zip codes in the country.
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.