New Urbs

Posts in category “Urbanism”

How Le Corbusier’s American Dream Became a Nightmare

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

Posted April 19th, 2019

The Metaphysical Nature of Our City Temples and Tombs

They are massive, immovable, as though the spirit contained in them has been fixed forever to the ground.

Posted April 12th, 2019

Danny Thomas Almost Killed Me

Adventures in walkability in Memphis.

Posted April 5th, 2019

Downtown Los Angeles Is Coming Home—to the New Elite

The last frontier of Southern California is in the former Skid Row.

Posted March 22nd, 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

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

Did the Golden Age of Department Stores Bring Us Together?

Mass-market retailers were always in tension with local, neighborhood shops.

Posted December 21st, 2018

The Fury of the Modernists

For almost a century, the architecture establishment has insisted on rigid ideology.

Posted December 13th, 2018

Hyperlocal Zoning Can Reset London—and American Politics

The Nobel Prize-winning economist Elinor Ostrom inspired Londoners to change block by block.

Posted November 30th, 2018

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