Le Phare would stand 65-stories high in Sainte-Foy, an old, low-lying suburb of the historic city. Since its founding in 1608, Quebec City has gained a reputation as one of the most beautiful cities on
Builders must imagine at the beginning of a structure’s life what will happen at the end of it. Detroit has been demolishing about 200 vacant houses per week since December 2014, with a goal to take down
The rapidly developing “Yellow Vest” movement took over streets and highways to oppose rising gas and diesel taxes. It might also be a proxy for frustrations about rising costs and falling living standards.
Perspective A Fantasy Map for Brooklyn’s Buses That’s Grounded in Reality We redesigned Brooklyn’s struggling bus network based on evidence from other cities about how to boost ridership. Nov 19, 2018
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A documentary by Vancouver-based graphic designer Greg Durrell explores the surprisingly rich history behind the nation’s postwar design culture. Change swept through Canada in the 1960s: Immigration was
A new Brookings study documents the growing economic divergence of America’s superstar cities from smaller urban and rural areas. By selecting the New York and Washington, D.C., metros, Amazon’s HQ2 process
Despite the global fame of its quilts, the rural hamlet of Gee’s Bend (now Boykin) is deeply impoverished. Boosters say making it an official town could change that. In the 1920s, the women of Gee’s Bend,
Perspective The two pillars of American housing policy are fundamentally at odds. Nov 19, 2018 Daniel Hertz Senior fellow at City Observatory. Promoting homeownership as an investment strategy is a risky
The Knight Foundation’s “On the Table” series mixes eating and grantmaking with community discussion. Come hungry: It lasts all day. You know those corporate retreats, where people from different departments
Hiroshima is an intentionally serene city. At its heart lies the Peace Memorial Park, a sprawling, multi-faceted monument to the 140,000 lives taken by the atomic bomb that America dropped there, along
McKim, Mead & White, Selected Works 1879-1915 highlights the nation’s defining classical structures from the late 19th century. The biggest murder trial of the 20th century happened in its sixth year—not
France’s most comprehensive car ban marks an important moment of cooperation for oft-quarreling municipalities. Paris may already be known for tough anti-car measures, but in pushing for change, it has
A study finds census tracts that are majority black, Hispanic, or Native American experience about 50 percent greater vulnerability to wildfire. As wildfires have killed at least 50 people in California
Wildfires like Camp and Tubbs are blazing with greater intensity and frequency, due to factors including climate change and urban sprawl. How can cities stay safe? As wildfires claim lives once again California—the
The Showbox has become a flashpoint in the fight to preserve a changing city. In 2007, a team of Seattle consultants assessed the historical significance of dozens of buildings in the city’s urban core.
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In an effort to beef up the city’s tech workforce, the George Kaiser Family Foundation is offering $10,000, free rent, and other perks to remote workers who move to Tulsa for a year. “I’m a California,
Complaints that Amazon HQ2 locations are already superstar cities don’t recognize a counter-trend of Fortune 500 corporate headquarters relocations, new data shows. When Amazon announced this week that
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Perspective There’s a silver lining for the 235 places that did not win. 11:04 AM ET Aaron Renn Senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Amazon is getting pounded from the left, right,
Amid resignations, it's clear the U.K. government massively misjudged how leaving the European Union would play out. After 28 months of wrangling, Britain may finally be on the verge of a Brexit deal.
New research finds that Millennials are 21 percent more likely to buy their first homes near city centers than Generation X. If there’s a single question that has gnawed at urban economists and planners
New York and Virginia politicians and activists could still make changes to Amazon HQ2 packages—or at least stop the next bidding war from mirroring this one. Amazon’s long-awaited HQ2 reveal was received
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Big-box retailers nationwide are slashing their property taxes through a legal loophole known as "dark store theory." For the towns that rely on that revenue, this could be a disaster. WEST BEND, WI—Kraig
The Marvel Comics maestro gave his superheroes a city that’s colorful, dangerous, rude, quippy, and full of heart. It might be his greatest creation. “New York is a large city… and, in such a vast, sprawling
As cities wake up to their housing crises, the problems with single-family-home residential zoning will become too egregious to ignore. In my neighborhood in San Francisco (or, more accurately, my parents’
New data shows that the majority of Americans describe their neighborhoods as suburban. Yet we still lack an official government definition of suburban areas. The geography of America is shifting. Population