- Yes Virginia, Density Causes Sprawl—Lorax Edition | hugeasscity
HugeAssCity author Dan Bertolet takes on the notion that density causes sprawl while also tackling the problem of housing affordability and green spaces in dense urban environments.
- Newgeography: The Luxury City vs. the Middle Class
If you think you noticed this during the boom times, you were most likely not mistaken. In many cities in the US, the city is reserved as the exclusive province of the unattached - those with no children or grown children - who would merely consume the fabulous bounty of consumable goods and services the city would provide. As middle class families leave cities behind, only the poor and the affluent remain.
- Stimulus Roadblock? ~ Video: Full Report | Blueprint America
Thanks to EcoStreets for bringing to light this PBS report on how federal money flows to local transit authorities and how broken that process is.
- Newgeography: The Importance of Productivity in National Transportation Policy
Wendell Cox argues that before transit systems receive more subsidies they should focus on providing more productive and innovative service.
- Newgeography.com: Euroburbia: A Personal View
Europe has sprawling suburbs too, despite what romantic urbanists may wish to believe. Social stratification is alive and well for many of the same reasons it is alive and well in America.
- LVRJ EDITORIAL: It 'doesn't look that bad'
If someone tags your building, and you like their work, is it still graffiti? Should the city come after you if you leave it up?
- McSweeney's: Atlas Shrugged Updated for the Current Financial Crisis.
McSweeney's Internet Tendency's delicious satire of Atlas Shrugged. What can I say, it's got to be one of the worst books I've ever read.
- Urban Planning Blog: The city is not a problem. It is a solution.
UPB posts a stream of a talk by Jamie Lemer, former mayor of the fabled city of Curitiba, Brazil. Lemer more or less invented bus rapid transit, and used waste management as a means to bolster his city's economy during its modern development.
- Newgeography.com: Pittsburgh Turns 250 Years Old Today
Lamentations and celebrations of the city on the Allegheny. A warning to all cities which rely on government-led economic development.
- Park Lane
Plans to revitalize Park Lane Mall as an urban pedestrian shopping & hotel district.
- East River District
Some ideas for what would become Reno's Ballpark District
- Circle Square
I redesigned "Village on the River", a project proposed by Silverstar Communities.
Learn about CATrail, a light rail system for Las Vegas.