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Urban Planning

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On May 7, 2012
Most of us would probably agree that we really screwed up our cities in the 1950s and 1960s. Between uncontrolled suburbanization, urban renewal, the destruction of public transportation, white flight, etc., the city became almost nightmarish by the 1980s. Maybe longtime residents and writers like D.J. Waldie can find beautiful things in horrible suburbs like […]

Jaywalking

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On April 25, 2012

And you thought I was going to write about Leno…. Sarah Goodyear has a nice piece at the Atlantic about the invention of jaywalking. Essentially, cars were seen as murderous killers in the early

Green Space

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On March 5, 2012

I think it’s great that Los Angeles is creating a new wetland in south Los Angeles. Part of a 9 acre park, this 4.5 acre wetland will bring much needed green space to a gritty neighborhood sorel

Food Trucks

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On February 23, 2012
I don’t agree with all of Yglesias’ analysis here on cities regulating food trucks out of business, but the overall point is fairly sound. In the comment section for my post on Cleveland the other day, I suggested that cities trying to revitalize themselves need to spend more time creating the infrastructure that would allow […]

Branding Cleveland

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On February 21, 2012

This is an interesting piece at Rustwire on Cleveland’s constant attempts to rebrand itself over the past 40 years. As industry left the city, Cleveland suffered an identity crisis as real as it

Parking Lots

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On January 9, 2012
Michael Kimmelman has a very interesting piece in the Times on taking parking lots seriously as architectural structures and community spaces. There is much to agree with here. The gigantic Wal-Mart parking lot that is at best 25% full on everyday but the days after Thanksgiving and Christmas is an ecological and architectural nightmare. The […]

Ikea Urbanism

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On December 15, 2011

IKEA is proposing to build an entire neighborhood in east London. It’s hard to see what could go wrong with giving this kind of control to a company whose success is based upon yuppie faddism, w

Pastoral Capitalism

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On November 26, 2011

Outstanding Louise Mozingo op-ed on how office parks contribute to sprawl and how any rethinking of urban spaces needs to place limitations on the growth of “pastoral capitalism,” as she c

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