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Posts in category “Walkability”

The Big-Box Mirage

Long after paving over local land and small businesses, giants like Wal-Mart now want us to ‘re-imagine’ their footprint.

Posted August 2nd, 2019

A Plea For Shade

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

Posted July 19th, 2019

Are E-Scooters a Menace or Needed Innovation?

As with any backlash against new technology, the costs miss their potentially enormous benefits.

Posted July 12th, 2019

Classical Architecture Makes Vibrant Streets—Not Nostalgic Disneylands

In Boston and beyond, well-designed neighborhoods help residents feel at home.

Posted June 21st, 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

Danny Thomas Almost Killed Me

Adventures in walkability in Memphis.

Posted April 5th, 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

How to Keep Walking In a Winter Wonderland

In colder climes, pathways must be cleared of snow for pedestrians—not just cars.

Posted February 1st, 2019

This Suburb Won’t Become a Pedestrian Paradise

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

Posted January 25th, 2019

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

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

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

Drivers Declare War on Walkers

For Pedestrians, Life is Nasty, Brutish—and Too Often Short

Posted March 2nd, 2018

A Recipe For Transforming a Midwestern Neighborhood

It must begin at the grassroots, steering away from the outsider “fix it” mentality.

Posted February 23rd, 2018

The False Mirage of Eco-Cities

Resilient cities must be real places, not techno-utopian experiments.

Posted February 9th, 2018