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Placemaking's Ripple Effect: How a Beach Downtown is Making Waves in Detroit

October 1, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking and Wide Effects

At first glance, a Google image search for the term “Detroit” returns an alarmingly one-sided portrayal of the Motor City. Photographs of crumbling buildings dominate so much. Scroll a bit further and one image breaks through the monotony – a beach.[read more]

Interrupting the Ordinary: PARK(ing) Day in Houston

October 1, 2014 by Allyn West

Public Space Innovation

The first PARK(ing) Day was in 2005 in San Francisco. It lasted just two hours. A group from art and design studio Rebar fed the meter, put down sod, a bench, and a tree for two hours --- as much time as they could buy --- and then packed it all up.[read more]

'Inevitably Urban' and the Role of the People

September 30, 2014 by Chuck Wolfe

People and Urbanism

These times seem so inevitably urban. Civic dialogue focuses on the social repercussions of growth, such as affordability of urban housing (“build more“, said last Sunday's Seattle Times), the proper range of housing types, and how residents will travel from here to there.[read more]

PARK(ing) Day 2014 Around the World

September 29, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Parks and PARK(ing) Day

The mission of PARK(ing) Day, which started in San Francisco in 2005, is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat. It has since has evolved into a global movement.[read more]

What Burning Man Taught Me About Cities

September 27, 2014 by This Big City

Burning Man and Cities

Recently 68,000 people traveled to a desert in Nevada to build a city. Within a few weeks, there will be no remains of the city: Every structure, tent, bicycle, glow stick, and piece of trash will be gone. As a first time visitor, I initially found Burning Man to be like the SimCity of social experimentation.[read more]

In Photos: Bolivia's Day of the Pedestrian and Cyclist

September 27, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bolivia Urban Walkability

On the first Sunday in September, 2014, cities across Bolivia closed their roads for the fourth annual “Day of the Pedestrian and Cyclist in Defense of Mother Earth.” The event, often referred to simply as the “Day of the Pedestrian,” is an expanded version of the ciclovías held in many cities.[read more]

Jane Jacobs: Famous Urban Visionary

September 26, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Jane Jacobs and Urban Planning

Jane Jacobs became famous in 1961 when her seminal book on urban studies, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, was published. She had a positive influence on the economics, and sociology, not just of central New York City, but also of cities across the U.S.A. Her books are as relevant today as they ever were, and are required reading in many college classes.[read more]

In Brussels, Belgium, the Demolition of an Overpass Will Give Neighborhood New Life

September 25, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Roads and Neighborhoods

The Reyers overpass situated in Shaerbeek will be destroyed between now and 2015. Brussels Ministers came to the agreement this Thursday during their beginning-of-the-school-year meeting. And so in Brussels, a page turns for this badly-aged, forty year-old work of art.[read more]

The Economy of Food

September 24, 2014 by Julian Dobson

Food Economics

Tanzania grows great coffee. At Starbucks at Schiphol airport, we saw big posters advertising Tanzanian coffee. But when we were waiting at the airport in Mwanza, Tanzania’s second most populous city, the only coffee we could get was a local instant blend like the kind served up in hospitals in the 1970s.[read more]

No Innovation Without Migration: Portlandia Is Dying

September 24, 2014 by Jim Russell

Portland and Migration

The college educated agglomerate in quite a few places. Some places are Pittsburgh and others are Asheville. Not all brain gain is created equal. Sometimes, as is the case in Portland, brain gain is brain waste. Build an emerald city. Attract the best and brightest. They will come and do nothing.[read more]

Open House: Take a Look Inside London's Most Inspiring Buildings

September 24, 2014 by This Big City

London Architecture and Inspiration

It’s that time of year again – when buildings across London open their doors to the general public as part of Open House London. Over 800 buildings are involved, alongside a program of neighborhood walks, engineering and landscape tours, bike rides and expert talks.[read more]

When Rent Control Goes Too Far

September 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Rent Control Excess

I was catching up with a friend of mine over coffee this morning and he was telling me about his recent trip to Porto, Portugal. The center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But he was also telling me how eerie it was to see so many abandoned and decaying buildings.[read more]