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$1 Billion Mass Pike Redesign Offers a Second Chance for Urban Design

A column by Renée Loth reveals details and an opinion about the ongoing planning of a new route for the elevated section of the Mass. Pike in Allston …

What Amazon’s New Headquarters Could Mean for Rents

When Amazon announced in January that Nashville had made the list of 20 finalists being considered for its second North American headquarters, city leaders cheered. They saw the project as the next step in Nashville’s transformation from country-music capital into a regional and even national …

Carson wants poor to pay more rent, work for assistance

HUD Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday unveiled a major overhaul of the rental-housing system, proposing to increase the share of rent that low-income households must pay before receiving assistance and allow public housing authorities to impose work requirements.<p>The proposal to reshape the way HUD …

Housing

Redlining Has Taken a Huge Toll on Property Values. But Not Everywhere.

More than 80 years ago, the federal Home Owners’ Loan Corporation released its “Residential Security” maps, guides of American cities for lenders and …

Macron just slammed Trump’s worldview in a rare address to Congress

It seems the Trump-Macron bromance doesn’t run very deep.<p>In an unusual address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron laid out a sweeping indictment of President Trump’s worldview — all without mentioning Trump by name.<p>Macron, widely considered to be Trump’s …

How America's White Power Movement Coalesced After The Vietnam War

In Aug. 2017, many Americans were shocked to see neo-Nazis and members of the so called alt-right demonstrating in Charlottesville, Va. But author Kathleen Belew says the roots of the rally were actually decades in the making.<p>Belew, who has spent more than 10 years studying America's White Power …

Vietnam War

Ginsburg Slaps Gorsuch in Gerrymandering Case

Toward the end of the Supreme Court’s argument in Gill v. Whitford, about the future of partisan gerrymandering, there was a revealing moment about the place of the newest Justice in the esteem of at least one of his peers. In less than a year, Neil Gorsuch has dominated oral arguments, lectured …

Boston developments without parking: It’s a trend!

City approves two more<p>The Boston Planning & Development Agency late last week approved two apartment projects: One a 19-story project at 212 Stuart Street in Bay Village with 133 units total (including two townhouse-style apartments); and a 21-story project at 47 LaGrange Street in Chinatown with …

Detroit's New Streetcar Is OK, But It Can't Save a City

Something crazy is happening in Detroit, something not seen since 1956: Streetcars are running downtown. The QLine takes riders on a 25-minute jaunt …

Urban Design

You Asked, We Answered: 6 Examples of What Makes a Great Public Space

In Millennium Park, Chicago children play in the water feature to escape the summer heat | Image by PPSPeople often ask us, “What makes a public …

Trump transition provokes cries of nepotism – but can anything be done?

President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to bring his children into his inner circle, alongside far-right adviser Stephen Bannon, has provoked concerns about nepotism, ethics and national security, and experts worry he will go unchecked in office.<p>Trump can easily ignore calls to act otherwise, …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Doesn't Know the Meaning of 'Harassed'

Our president-elect is taking a stand against harassment. He finally heard one of the stories we’ve all heard and immediately tweeted today, “This …

After Trump Win, The Alt-Right Prepares For An Unexpected Future

“I think moving forward the alt-right as an intellectual vanguard can complete Trump.”<p>WASHINGTON — The white nationalist alt-right movement, once the very definition of fringe politics, is facing a truly unexpected scenario: Their preferred candidate is about to be in the White House.<p>To capitalize …

The LGBT rights backlash under Trump has already begun: New laws in Texas are a shocking harbinger of things to come

If anti-LGBT bills slated for 2017 session in Texas are any measure, an avalanche of hate looms in state houses<p>The LGBT rights backlash under Donald Trump’s presidency got off to an early start this week.<p>Texas state lawmakers filed proposed bills ahead of the 2017 legislative session, which begins …

As state unveils memorial to Texas' black history, White Lives Matter protest lays today's challenges bare

Moments before a hard-fought memorial to the contributions of black Texans was revealed Saturday in Austin, the evocative recognition of the nation's …

New documentary explores the utopian dreams and concrete realities of Britain

New documentary called <b>'New Town Utopia'</b> is coming soon, directed by <b>Christopher Ian Smith</b> and executive produced by Margaret Matheson (Sleep …

Ruin porn: the art world’s awkward obsession with abandoned Soviet architecture

Deserted fairgrounds, disused factories and forgotten military bases may look cool, but are we fetishising the remnants of such a cruel …

Stockholm City Planners using Cities: Skylines to plan and develop ...

Paradox Interactive announced this morning that it's going to be assisting city planners from Stockholm by using its city-building game, Cities: …

How much space do people take up in different modes of transport?

Everyone has been showing versions of the City of Muenster poster comparing how much space people take up when they are in cars, buses or bikes. Now …

Bike Lanes

Trump campaign launches drive to recruit 'election observers'

Donald Trump's campaign is seeking to recruit "election observers" following the Republican nominee's repeated claims that the general election is "rigged."<p>In a move that's unprecedented in a presidential election, the campaign late this week launched a page on its website proclaiming, "Help Me …

Downtown Manhattan Is the New Frontier of the Car-Free City

This afternoon, pedestrians and cyclists will take over a 60-block swath of downtown Manhattan. Where cars usually rule, street musicians will …

Urban Design

Outraged by Donald Trump’s call on Russia to hack the Democratic nominee, an atypical fundraiser proved popular at the Black Hat hackers conference<p>When Donald Trump called on Vladimir Putin to help find Hillary Clinton’s “missing” emails late last month, he pissed off the wrong group of people.<p>On …

Donald Trump

Obama: Trump's a ridiculous crybaby

In his pre-vacation press conference, the president dismissed Trump's allegations of election rigging.<p>No, no, no, Donald Trump can’t be president, won’t be president, is more like a child whining in a sandbox than a prospective commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama thinks.<p>So stop asking him …

Self-Driving Cars Could Revolutionize Our Sidewalks, Too

The design studio Pensa envisions the way autonomous vehicles could transform far more than our streets.<p>Self-driving electric cars are coming from Google, Uber, even Apple. We’ll work in them, lounge in them, share them, and never have to park them.<p>And a result, our streets may never be the same. …

Crazy Soviet Brutalist buildings from the mid-20th century

Mid-20th-century architecture is rarely remembered fondly anywhere in the world.<p>And that's especially true in former communist countries of Europe and Central Asia, where it seems like architects following a passing fad were allowed to do whatever they wanted.<p>The result was some bizarre and …