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San Francisco's Mission District: The Controversial Gentrification

September 8, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid
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Gentrification in the Mission

 

A walk through San Francisco’s historic Mission District is typically charged with the activity of crowded sidewalk fruit markets, lively music, and the smells from taquerías and pupusas. While this energy is still present, it is steadily being muted by the invasion of San Francisco’s love and woe: the “techie.”[read more]

Planning for Local and Liveable Neighborhoods in Melbourne

September 5, 2014 by This Big City

Melbourne Planning

Melbourne is a city defined by its suburbs. It is the distinct character of neighbourhoods from Footscray to Frankston that help Melbourne regularly sit near the top of world’s most liveable city rankings. But the quality of life provided by Melbourne’s suburbs comes at a price.[read more]

What should San Francisco do with the Tenderloin?

August 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

San Francisco Neighborhoods

Recently Priceonomics posted a piece on San Francisco’s 'rent explosion.' In it was an infographic showing the median rental rate for a one bedroom apartment in the city. The most obvious takeaway is that San Francisco is really expensive. Except in the Tenderloin.[read more]

What's In a Neighborhood?

August 11, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Neighborhood Identification

When I was working on my startup last year, one of the things we spent a bit of time figuring out was how to classify buildings according to neighborhood. Now, at first blush, this may seem like a fairly easy thing to do. But neighborhood boundaries and definitions aren’t as clear cut as you might think.[read more]

What We Like - and Don't Like - About Our Cities

July 30, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Liking and Not Liking City Life

 

American city dwellers place a high value on their cities’ food offerings, from restaurants to farmers’ markets. We also love historic buildings and good public spaces. Traffic, not so much. These findings are from a new study released last week by Sasaki Associates.[read more]

Who Is My Neighbour?

July 30, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Neighborhood Good

In recent weeks I’ve been doing a series of interviews with frontline workers helping people in crisis. Some of their comments are revealing. The interviews raise important questions for me about what responsibilities society has to people who are in crisis - people who can’t afford to eat or have unmanageable debts.[read more]

Adaptive Reuse of Former Breweries Brings Charm Back to Baltimore Neighborhoods

July 27, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Old Breweries in Baltimore

It’s hard to pass through Baltimore, Maryland without seeing a mural, billboard, or the giant winking head that symbolizes the once prominent brewing industry of the city’s history. Two of the largest breweries in the U.S. have remained beloved brands of the city even after closing their doors.[read more]

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Urbanism Speakeasy | Transport Networks as Community Assets

July 7, 2014 by Andy Boenau

Urbanism Speakeasy is a podcast with a particular focus on human-scale design. We love streets and places designed for people, regardless of how they happen to travel. No advanced technical degrees or silver spoons required on this show. Our primary goal is to share technical information and trends in ordinary language. The show is...[read more]

A Good Place To Write (And To Not)

August 26, 2012 by Kate Gallery

...As a writer consumed by the power of community and neighbors and homes, I am distracted here for all the right reasons. I am distracted by recreating the pool games we played as kids and by hilly runs full of dramatic mountain overlooks, by a visit to a nearby lake in the pouring rain and by stories of architecture and stories of home. I am distracted...[read more]

Is ‘Urbanism Without Effort’ the Best Urbanism of All?

September 12, 2011 by Chuck Wolfe

Real neighborhood experiences can provide a meaningful gloss on current discussions about how to make cities better and increase shared places for all. On Saturday night, in response to an email, I went to the movies by walking 100 feet from my home. Admission was free. And it was not in the comfort of an isolated home or downtown space...[read more]

Confronting the Urban Mirror

September 2, 2011 by Chuck Wolfe

To my mind, one of the most compelling features of a provocative urban environment is a place where people watch people—which becomes a small-scale human observatory. Such places are often indicative of safe public environments, including active streets, corners and squares. They are particularly prevalent in cultures where neighbors readily interact, and the seams between public and private are softer than zoning setbacks, while still allowing for a private world.[read more]

The Case for Better Neighborhood Associations

August 18, 2011 by Kristen Jeffers

A group of people who are happy. Is this your neighborhood association board? It should be. You either pay exorbitant amounts of money to it or you have moved to a community on purpose to get away from it. You probably want to get rid of it, especially if you want to tear out your front yard or save for retirement without watching that $...[read more]