Jane Jacobs

The Great Crime Decline and the Comeback of Cities

Patrick Sharkey, author of <i>Uneasy Peace</i>, talks to CityLab about how the drop in crime has transformed American cities.<p>Two of the most remarkable trends in recent years have been the tremendous decline in violent crime and the comeback of once downtrodden and written-off cities. In his new book,</i> …

Cities

The Complicated Business of Going Out to Eat in a Gentrifying Neighborhood

<i>The following is an excerpt from “GENTRIFIER” by John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch and Marc Lamont Hill. The book seeks to push the limits of the</i> …

Cities

Tuesday New Release Day: Lee; Wirkus; Block; Phillips; Johnson

Out this week: <i>Everything Here Is Beautiful</i> by <b>Mira T. Lee</b>; <i>The Infinite Future</i> by <b>Tim Wirkus</b>; <i>Oliver Loving</i> by <b>Stefan Merrill Block</b>; <i>Wild Is the Wind</i> by</b> …

Urban Planning

‘Studies in Power’: An Interview with Robert Caro

A curious security guard at a venerable Manhattan office building near Columbus Circle inquired what sort of work the man I was visiting did—was he a …

Books

Sidewalk Cafes (& Friday Links)

I was filling out a survey about our downtown earlier this week, and it struck me that my very favorite favorite spaces all have one thing in common: …

Sarah Silverman

She's a Stand-Up Gal

The most potent form of nostalgia is for a time you never knew in a place you do and imagine was at its peak before you came along. For me, that …

Award Shows

Your City Has a Gender and It’s Male - Issue 56: Perspective

I have a secret to tell you about my city,” she says. “It has to do with what Eve Ensler calls the feminine cell.”<p>It was the autumn of 2016. I’d met …

Cities

Reclaiming the Streets to Impose Equal Rights for Women in the City

Share this:<p>Women can become invisible subjects in a context where the city is a political territory for making citizenship. That is why women often …

Gender

Gentrification Kills: Race, Inequality and the Death of American Cities

Photo by Tim Hettler | CC by 2.0Peter Moskowitz in his book <i>How to Kill a City</i> criticizes the narrative that gentrification is “good development for …

Cities

Jobs in Tacoma pay off beyond the dollars commuters bring home from Seattle

A reader writes in with an interesting query:<p><i>I’m trying to reconcile Tacoma as a “bedroom” community and the economic goal of being a net exporter of</i> …

Urban Planning

Alzheimer's Mouse research on the Orient Express - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science

Paul Alper sends along an article from Joy Victory at Health News Review, shooting down a bunch of newspaper headlines (“Extra virgin olive oil …

Data Science

Unbuilt cities: the outrageous highway schemes left as roads to nowhere

The postwar passion for highway construction saw cities around the world carved up in the name of progress. But as communities fought back many schemes were abandoned – their half-built traces showing what might have been<p>Of all the mistakes made by city planners in the postwar era, the passion for …

News (Scotland)

Devising new ways to make local retail contribute to urban vibrancy

In most of the Western world, local independent stores are becoming ever more rare. Retail is increasingly dominated by large players  —  big …

Cities

Art-topia, Part 3: Everyone’s business

×<p>Photo by Rachel Michelle Fernandes<p>Beryl Forman<p>If I were to start a cult, it would be The Cult of Talking to Strangers. Nothing compares to the …

San Diego

The Books Worth Reading (and Re-Reading) in 2018

Reading is harder than it used to be. To some extent, that’s just part of being an adult. Determining what to read, carving out the time to do it, …

Books

Driscoll Sworn In For Fourth Term As Salem Mayor

In her inaugural address, Driscoll said she wants to focus on housing, transportation, and Salem's schools.<p>SALEM, MA -- More than 200 people braved …

Boston

The Purge of New York

The streets of East New York are lined with hair salons and fruterias — and coming soon, a massive office complex. New York City officials are …

Cities

Why Your New Company Needs an Old Building

Consider a solid building with character over a new construction.<p>Every company needs a home. Even the towering giants of online commerce desire a cozy place to hang their virtual hats (and sometimes more than one cozy place, as attested by the current bidding war for Amazon's HQ2). While many a …

Cities

Walk through Hyderabad

One of the welcome additions to the city’s calender this year definitely has been many walks being conducted by various groups. Breaking free of the …

Urban Planning

Urban Planning Has a Sexism Problem

Take a moment to look around you. Really look. See the city — the streets, the buildings, the spaces between them — and realize for a moment that …

Cities

The loo Prince Harry used, and other questions of taste in the sale of Meghan Markle's home

Turns out there’s etiquette to selling a house with royal connections, and toilets and beds are part of it<p>Ten Yarmouth Road is mostly like the other …

Real Estate

All Sydney needs is love and protection

Sometimes I think you Sydney natives don't deserve this gorgeous town. You don't appreciate her properly. Certainly you don't treat her nice. …

Ringo Starr

Why Postmodernism's New-Found Popularity Is All About Looking Forward, Not Back

Postmodernism is back, it seems, and the architectural establishment has mixed feelings about it. This revival has been brewing for a while. In 2014, …

Avant-garde

NYC’s first elevated train and the world’s first streetcar began in Greenwich Village

<i>A streetcar at Madison and 4th Avenue in 1890. Via MCNY</i>.Greenwich Village is known as the birthplace of many things – the modern gay rights movement, …

Manhattan

Women and the city: reclaiming the streets to impose equal rights

<i>This post belongs to a series of contributions coming from the International Panel on Social Progress, a global academic initiative of more than 300</i> …

Gender

Untapped Staff Reads: See the New York City That Never Was, First Look at the L Train Shutdown Plan

Here’s what the Untapped Staff is reading in the HQ today:<p><b>How will the NYC Ferry fare with winter weather? [6sqft]:</b> Now that winter seems to have New …

Avant-garde

A wish list for an autonomous future

Learning from today’s car-centric cities for a human-centered future of mobility<p>2050 is likely to be a defining year: more than three quarters of the …

Cities

The best design books that aren’t specifically about design

The other day, Google Ventures’ Daniel Burka asked his followers for suggestions on the best design books that aren’t about design. Burka offered up …

Urban Planning

Surprise! Digital space isn't replacing public space, and might even help make it better

You’re on the train on your daily commute, head bowed, peering at your phone. A cavalcade of news stories, friends’ holiday snaps and random promoted …

Urbanism

Bulldozer Review: Constantine Maroulis as Robert Moses, Singing Power Broker

To outsiders, a rock musical that presents a long-dead public official as a tragic villain, and a disagreement over public policy as high drama, …

Urbanism