New Urbanism

The Fury of the Modernists

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

Why Pittsburgh Is a Planner’s Dream and Nightmare

As in New York, Robert Moses snarled traffic.

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?

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.

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.

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.

The Methodist Paradise on the Jersey Shore

This preserved village is an expression of incremental urbanism built exclusively for human interaction and divine inspiration.

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Why Can’t I Afford to Live Here?

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

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.

The Suburbs Can’t Be Blamed for Everything

Research suggests encouraging denser living actually doesn’t make our social fabric any stronger.

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.

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.

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.

Glory Days: Reviving Asbury Park, City on the Shore

After decades of decline, the wonderland of Springsteen’s youth is at a hopeful crossroads.

When a House Was a Home

Defending ‘bourgeois middle class’ abodes as a good guide for stable family formation and domestic life.

After Two Decades of Growth, Philadelphia Still Feels Left Behind

The author of Friday Night Lights also profiled the death and life of American cities.

A New and Misleading Story of Small Town Revival

An Atlantic correspondent visits obscure places, but avoids hard questions.