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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]

Retaining Sustainable Storefronts in the Urban Realm

August 8, 2011 by Chuck Wolfe

Vital storefronts are an indicator of urban success, while empty businesses are akin to the ruins of Pompeii. Even when storefronts go empty, some cities find ways to simulate that all is well. False facades, community art and the look and feel of a vibrant business district often substitute for empty spaces through glass. That’s all...[read more]

Saying Goodbye to 'Leave it to Beaver' Urbanism?

July 8, 2011 by Chuck Wolfe

Cleaver Residence, Universal City Studios After suggesting last week that policymakers should plan for urban density’s inevitable displacement of less efficient, but important land uses, I began to focus on specific elements of the American city and suburb with a high risk of loss. So began an exploratory tour of the iconic front yard...[read more]

5 Reasons I Love Community Tables at Restaurants

June 10, 2011 by Tazmine Loomans

Last Sunday Paul and I had breakfast at La Grande Orange on 40th Street and Campbell. Our favorite place to sit there is the community table. The last time we sat there, we struck up a conversation with an 8-year-old and his mom.  And this time we chatted it up with a guy who noticed my “got coffee? seattle” t-shirt.  We...[read more]