New Urbs

Posts in category “Urbanism”

When Did Gentrification Become A Dirty Word?

Are the caricatures of urban transformation ruining the positive things that are happening economically and culturally to cities?

Posted November 16th, 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

If a Tree Falls in a Bedroom Community, Does It Make a Sound?

Towns once had full and vibrant lives throughout the day and night. Not so with modern suburbs.

Posted November 2nd, 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 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

Why Can’t I Afford to Live Here?

Zoning, financing, creative construction—cities and states need to help regular people live where they work.

Posted October 12th, 2018

No, Edward Hopper Did Not Hate the City

The dark force in Hopper’s imagery is not urbanism—it is the disruptive march of industry.

Posted October 5th, 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

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

A Cleveland Revival Must Include Manufacturing

The Rust Belt has revived by rediscovering its cultural heritage—but it must also make things.

Posted June 22nd, 2018

New Urbanist Seaside Paradise Celebrates 25 Years

Carping elites called this new, sustainable development “plastic,” and “Disneylandish.” But the public got it, bigtime.

Posted May 17th, 2018

Meet the Austrian Who Invented Placemaking

Camillo Sitte was a champion of traditional European urbanism.

Posted May 11th, 2018

What Makes a Great Street?

A classic work reminds us that placemaking is more art than science.

Posted April 13th, 2018

Self-Driving Cars and the Hostile Takeover of Our Streets

An Uber self-driving car has killed a pedestrian. But the questions go beyond the safety of the new technology.

Posted March 23rd, 2018

Why No Nobel Prize For Architecture?

The big awards divide the profession into modernists and traditionalists.

Posted March 16th, 2018