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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 sorely lacking in parks of any kind, will process up to 680,000 gallons of storm water each day, and […]

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 t

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 p

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 calls it. In conclusion: All three steps — a halt to agricultural land conversion, connecting dispersed employment centers with alternative transit, and encouraging downtown development […]

Food Trucks

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On July 17, 2011

Interesting piece on food trucks in the Times. A couple of thoughts. 1. The complaint from restauranteurs about a loss of business when food trucks pull up is mostly absurd. I say mostly because if a

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