Category Archives: Urban Planning

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

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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

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There Was a Time People Thought Interstates Through the Middle of Cities Were a Good Thing

Admittedly, that time was 1954: From Inventing the Charles River by Karl Haglund I know a lot of people think the Big Dig was a bad idea, but I see it as a ‘clawback’ for decades of intentional destruction of … Continue reading

Posted in Boston, Transportation, Urban Planning

Density and Democratic Voters: A Correlation Meets a Possible Cause

I’ve never been a big fan of Richard Florida’s work on the ‘creative class’, since I think it underestimates the importance of money in the revitalization of our cities (that is, rent extraction and federal spending have shoveled lots of … Continue reading

Posted in Democrats, Transportation, Urban Planning