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Interesting essay on the connections between recent Black Lives Matter protests that block freeways and the long-term relationship between transportation networks and race. Transportation, however, has long been central to the black civil rights movement, with the Selma march, the Freedom Rides, and Rosa Parks’s appeal to equal rights on public buses. Fifty years ago […]

Sprawl Tax

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On June 7, 2016

How much does sprawl cost Americans every year? That got us thinking: What if we could quantify some of these same issues from a city-friendly angle—measuring not the cost of congestion, which sugge

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Unaffordable Housing

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On May 21, 2016
Probably the single biggest challenge facing American cities today is the lack of affordable housing. We are just finding out the details of why this has become such a problem. A random guy decided to track San Francisco rent prices over the past sixty years through the methodology of a quality historical study: he went […]

Houston

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On May 12, 2016

This is a really interesting article on Houston. Probably the most car-centric city and certainly the most anti-zoning, given that it doesn’t have any, city in the nation, Houston is an urban pl

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OK, this is a little Slate-pitchy. But is it wrong? That’s unclear. But as often happens when we remember the dead, nearly all of these celebrations and tributes fail to recognize Jacobs as a real person with deeply flawed ideas. Yes, she still deserves praise for challenging the urban-planning maxims of her time. But if […]
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Milwaukee

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On April 1, 2016
The three last sociopaths competing for the Republican nomination will be debating this Tuesday in Milwaukee. Of course, they will be pushing visions that are counter to the interests of the people who actually live in Milwaukee, as opposed to the racist white suburbs that are Scott Walker’s base. Desmond’s harrowing data points about the […]

Public Squares

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On March 24, 2016

Michael Kimmelman on the glory of public squares, which we people desperately need and adore when they have them. Using New York, Palestine, and Berlin as examples, Kimmelman explores the different wa

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