Category Archives: Urban Planning

How to Write a Confusing Science Story: Mix Up the Colloquial and the Technical

If you’re aware at all of the perfidy that is creationism, one of their favorite sayings–even though it’s demonstrably ignorant–is “evolution is just a theory.” As numerous biologists and other defenders of science have explained, theory in the scientific world … Continue reading

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The Suburban Ponzi Scheme and Ferguson, MO

Charles Morahn makes a very interesting observation about Ferguson, MO (boldface mine): I’ve spent some time on Google looking at the area where the shooting took place and the QuikTrip that was the flashpoint for events that followed. While this … Continue reading

Posted in Housing, Urban Planning | 2 Comments

Joel Kotkin Wants to Turn Your City Into a Suburb

I kid, though if you read his recent missive, I might not be so off target: What is a city for? It’s a crucial question, but one rarely asked by the pundits and developers who dominate the debate over the … Continue reading

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Nobody Likes the Burbs

Don’t tell Joel Kotkin! Last week, Pew Research Center released a report about U.S. attitudes towards, well, everything. One of the widely discussed findings is that liberals would like to live in cities, while conservatives like small towns and the … Continue reading

Posted in Polling, Urban Planning | 8 Comments

Snow, Sidewalks, and Liens

Chalk this up as one thing Boston does right*. On the urban planning blogs (and others who care about such things), there’s discussion about the next to shovel sidewalks in urban areas. Writes Commandante Atrios: Not that I support it, … Continue reading

Posted in Boston, Urban Planning

When the ‘Problem’ Becomes the Solution

Michael Powell, in the New York Times, observes that much of the reduction in crime should be credited to residents: “Miracle” is an appropriate word for the fact that nearly 1,800 fewer New Yorkers might be murdered this year than … Continue reading

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The Too-Smart City (Probably) Won’t Be a Problem. The Too-Privatized City Would Be

Recently, The Boston Globe had an interesting article about the rise of the ‘smart city.’ What’s a smart city? This: Cassandras’s scheme is just one step in the march toward what futurists and urban planners call the “smart city”—a wired, … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Urban Planning | 1 Comment