New Urbs

Posts in category “Suburbs”

Tracing Chris Arnade’s Steps in America’s Inner Ring Suburbs

The photojournalist’s new book recommends getting out of comfort zones, which is just what we did.

Posted September 18th, 2019

The Urban Planning Behind America’s Weirdest McDonald’s

Designing by committee produces some strange architecture.

Posted August 30th, 2019

The Reincarnation of America’s Most Infamous Dead Mall

We don’t need ideology. We need ideas.

Posted August 16th, 2019

A Plea For Shade

Better architecture and planning can mitigate the rising costs needed for air conditioning.

Posted July 19th, 2019

The Heartland’s Doughnuts of Despair

The inner suburbs of cities like Cleveland are dying as regional and state governments look the other way.

Posted June 5th, 2019

How Le Corbusier’s American Dream Became a Nightmare

Traditional urbanism represents the cumulative wisdom of building the human habitat.

Posted April 19th, 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

Arlington Should Deny Amazon $51M in HQ2 Subsidies

Before it succumbs to price explosion, the D.C. ‘burb needs to play hardball.

Posted March 4th, 2019

Car Culture and Suburbia in the American Psyche

Urbanism can and should work in America, but the mythos of the open road still calls.

Posted February 22nd, 2019

This Suburb Won’t Become a Pedestrian Paradise

Car-dependent development muddles along. But some places could collapse.

Posted January 25th, 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

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.

Posted October 24th, 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

Was ‘White Flight’ a Personal Economic Decision?

Race may have been an accelerant for the drain to the suburbs after WWII, but it wasn’t the initial spark.

Posted September 21st, 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

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

The Slow Death of the Shopping Plaza

This ‘monstrosity’ is in one of the richest zip codes in the country.

Posted March 1st, 2018