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Unmaking the Real Estate State - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Capital City Gentrification and the Real Estate State By Samuel Stein Published 03.12.2019 Verso 208 Pages"
book  review  urbanism  cities  development  capitalism 
14 days ago by tsuomela
Patent Producers Clustered in Only a Few Cities -
"Patents, for all their flaws, are a widely used proxy for innovation. And a new study from the Brookings Institution shows just how clustered patent-related innovation is in America."
patent  cities  innovation  creativity  urbanism  geography 
april 2013 by tsuomela
The Vigorous North
A field guide to inner-city wilderness areas.
weblog-individual  environment  community  urban  urbanism  design  ecology 
july 2012 by tsuomela
"Livehoods offer a new way to conceptualize the dynamics, structure, and character of a city by analyzing the social media its residents generate. By looking at people's checkin patterns at places across the city, we create a mapping of the different dynamic areas that comprise it. Each Livehood tells a different story of the people and places that shape it. "
urban  urbanism  cities  big-data  social-media  data-mining  lifestyle  mapping 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Book Review: David Harvey’s Rebel Cities « Ph.D. Octopus
"David Harvey’s new book, Rebel Cities, is the latest entry in his life-long interest in uncovering the intersection between capitalism and urbanization. It’s a collection of previously published, but updated and revised, essays and articles. They are all particularly important to our understanding of both the long fall out of 2008’s economic crash and the rise of urban revolts in Egypt, Greece, New York and elsewhere. "
book  review  urban  urbanism  cities  marxism  capitalism  economics  growth  accumulation  creative-class 
april 2012 by tsuomela
The Architect Has No Clothes | On the Commons
"Environmental psychologists have long known about this widespread and puzzling phenomenon. Laboratory results show conclusively that architects literally see the world differently from non-architects. Not only do architects notice and look for different aspects of the environment than other people
architecture  design  urban  urbanism  psychology  bias  perception  psychogeography 
october 2011 by tsuomela
How Suburban Sprawl Works Like a Ponzi Scheme - Jobs
Indeed, my friend Charles Marohn and his colleagues at the Minnesota-based nonprofit Strong Towns have made a very compelling case that suburban sprawl is basically a Ponzi scheme, in which municipalities expand infrastructure hoping to attract new taxpayers that can pay off the mounting costs associated with the last infrastructure expansion, over and over. Especially as maintenance costs increase, there is never enough to pay the bill, because we are building in such expensive, inefficient ways.
urban  urbanism  design  architecture  infrastructure  government  local  municipal  economics  development  suburbia 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Pocket Neighborhoods • Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World
"Pocket neighborhoods are clustered groups of neighboring houses or apartments gathered around some sort of shared open space — a garden courtyard, a pedestrian street, a series of joined backyards, or a reclaimed alley — all of which have a clear sense of territory and shared stewardship. They can be in urban, suburban or rural areas."
design  architecture  urban  urbanism  suburbia  community  commons  scale  small-is-beautiful 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Charting the Wild Winds of Change in 2011 | The Nation
"At its best, revolution is an urban phenomenon. Suburbia is counterrevolutionary by design. For revolution, you need to converge, to live in public, to become the public, and that’s a geographical as well as a political phenomenon. The history of revolution is the history of great public spaces: the Place de la Concorde during the French Revolution
revolution  rebellion  change  politics  middle-east  urbanism  public-space  suburbia 
march 2011 by tsuomela
When Hari Kunzru met Michael Moorcock | Books | The Guardian
"In contrast to the rural decencies of Tolkien, Moorcock's writing belongs to an urban tradition, which celebrates the fantastical city as a place of chance and mystery."
sf  fiction  literature  urbanism  fantasy  britain  1960s  counter-culture  hippies 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Rondo Neighborhood & the Building of I-94 : Library : MNHS.ORG
This predominantly African American neighborhood in St. Paul was displaced in the 1960s by freeway construction. In the 1930s, Rondo Avenue was at the heart of St. Paul's largest Black neighborhood. African-Americans whose families had lived in Minnesota for decades and others who were just arriving from the South made up a vibrant, vital community that was in many ways independent of the white society around it. The construction of I-94 in the 1960s shattered this tight-knit community, displaced thousands of African-Americans into a racially segregated city and a discriminatory housing market, and erased a now-legendary neighborhood.
minnesota  history  urban  urbanism  neighborhood  transportation  highway  community 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Nimble Cities: Can eliminating parking spots make cities more efficient? - By Tom Vanderbilt - Slate Magazine
Unless you are involved in transportation, local government, or real estate, the words "minimum parking requirements" may be unfamiliar to you. And yet their influence is all around you. Parking minimums are municipal provisions that require developers building a new project—whether commercial or residential—to also construct a minimum number of new parking spaces, often without regard to the presence of nearby transit options or even actual need.
cities  urban  urbanism  traffic  design  parking  architecture  suburbia  law  code  regulation 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Bruce Sterling Interview: Cities - Boing Boing
But I'd also like to point out that large financial centers in certain cities around the planet are certainly going to kill millions of us by destroying our social safety networks in the name of their imaginary financial efficiency. You're a thousand times more likely to die because of what some urban banker did in 2008 than from what some Afghan-based terrorist did in 2001. *Financiers live in small, panicky urban cloisters, severely detached from the rest of mankind. They are living today in rich-guy ghetto cults. They are truly dangerous to our well-being, and they are getting worse and more extremist, not better and more reasonable. You're not gonna realize this havoc till you see your elderly Mom coughing in an emergency ward, but she's going there for a reason.
interview  future  finance  economics  income-distribution  cities  urbanism  urban  sustainability 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Here Comes the Neighborhood - Magazine - The Atlantic
Conventional suburbs are overbuilt and out of favor. In cities and suburbs alike, walkable neighborhoods linked by train are the future. Here’s how a new network of privately funded rail lines can make that future come to pass more quickly and cheaply—and help reinvigorate housing and the economy.
urban  urbanism  design  development  housing  suburbia  space  transportation  transit 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Planetizen | Urban Planning, Design and Development Network
Planetizen is a public-interest information exchange provided by Urban Insight for the urban planning, design, and development community. It is a one-stop source for urban planning news, commentary, interviews, event coverage, book reviews, announcements, jobs, consultant listings, training, and more.
urbanism  urban  planning  design  news  commentary 
april 2010 by tsuomela
MetroMonitor Home Page - Metropolitan Policy Program - Brookings Institution
The MetroMonitor is a quarterly, interactive barometer of the health of America’s 100 largest metropolitan economies. It examines trends in metropolitan-level employment, output, and housing conditions to look “beneath the hood” of national economic statistics to portray the diverse metropolitan trajectories of recession and recovery across the country. The aim of the MetroMonitor is to enhance understanding of the particular places and industries that drive national economic trends, and to promote public- and private-sector responses to the downturn that take into account metro areas’ unique starting points for eventual recovery.
economics  statistics  research  data  maps  cities  urbanism  regions  regional 
march 2010 by tsuomela
The 10 Percent Solution to Urban Growth |
The way to do this is to adopt the “10 percent solution”. That is, for most cities, they should develop a strategy that tries to capture somewhere between 5 and 15 percent of the net new growth in their metro areas. If a city can get more, great. But for any growing region, even 10 percent would create a dynamic of massive change in the urban core.
urbanism  urban  city  design  demography  suburbia 
march 2010 by tsuomela
ULI Minnesota
Urban Land Institute - Minnesota engages public and private sector leaders to foster collaboration, share knowledge and join in meaningful strategic action to create thriving, sustainable communities. Initiatives: housing, environment, jobs, and transportation.
urbanism  minnesota  professional-association  organization  activism  minneapolis 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Worldchanging: Bright Green is a nonprofit media organization headquartered in Seattle, WA, that comprises a global network of independent journalists, designers and thinkers. We cover the world’s most innovative solutions to the planet’s problems, and inspire readers around the world with stories of new tools, models and ideas for building a bright green future.
environment  sustainability  technology  politics  design  activism  weblog-group  urbanism 
march 2010 by tsuomela
UNESCAP | What is Good Governance?
Good governance has 8 major characteristics. It is participatory, consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive and follows the rule of law.
politics  government  management  development  governance  united-nations  urbanism 
february 2010 by tsuomela
A Small-town or Metro Nation? - Brookings Institution
But the idea that we are a nation of small towns is fundamentally incorrect. The real America isn't found in cities or suburbs or small towns, but in the metropolitan areas or "metros" that bring all these places into economic and social union
geography  america  metropolitan-area  city  urbanism  suburbia  economics 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Against Situationism |
Situationism's fatal flaw is that although one of its sources is Leftist thought (admittedly, Communism was hard to avoid in postwar France), its goal was always to valorize individual experience over the collective.
urbanism  geography  architecture  art  culture  history  philosophy  situationism  leftism  politics  urban 
august 2009 by tsuomela
GoLoco is an easy way to share trips with your friends -- and friends of friends. We use a system of alerts to notify you whenever your friends or interest groups are going places you want to go.
transportation  automobile  ride-sharing  urbanism 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Switchboard, from NRDC :: Kaid Benfield's Blog :: New numbers prove smart growth reduces CO2, cost-effectively
CCAP's terrific new report (courtesy CCAP)In particular, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) released a study last Friday documenting how comprehensive application of smart growth best practices and improved transportation choices can significantly reduce transportation emissions at a cost savings to society.
environment  energy  global-warming  economics  urbanism  development  land-use 
june 2009 by tsuomela
To live in a city in a globalizing world is, inevitably, to live in a globalizing city.
Where brings together urbanists from all walks of life living in cities around the world to poke, prod, and otherwise examine everything urban in an effort to maintain a global conversation about this increasingly vital subject matter.
weblog-group  urban  urbanism  development  design  architecture 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Streetsblog » Back to the Grid: John Norquist on How to Fix National Transpo Policy
If you look at communities that are really successful and have rich, complex street grids with transit -- or even without transit, but they have street grids -- there’s much more efficiency in the use of pavement. You can go the direction you want to go, you don't have to go out of the way and come back.
transportation  development  environment  urban  urbanism  rules  rule-making  design  institutions 
march 2009 by tsuomela
The national blog network for sustainable transport, smart growth and livable streets.
urbanism  transportation  urban  design 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Stick Stuck
Article on building codes and modular home construction in America.
housing  urbanism  design  architecture  building  america 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Urban Library Journal
Urban Library Journal, an open access, refereed journal of research and discussion dealing with all aspects of urban libraries and librarianship,
library  journal  urbanism 
july 2008 by tsuomela
The Digital Library of the Commons - Commons in Urban Industrialized Society
This paper focuses on a quite different situation: the role of common forests in an industrialized country. The Swedish common forests have survived for more than one hundred years
commons  history  urbanism  sweden 
june 2008 by tsuomela
Urban Prankster
Urban Prankster covers pranks, hacks, participatory art, flash mobs, and other creative endeavors that take place in public places in cities across the world. It is edited by Charlie Todd.
art  urbanism  prank  humor 
june 2008 by tsuomela
19 cities in the world with 20 million people in the 21st century
population  future  urbanism 
march 2008 by tsuomela
WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future: My Other Car is a Bright Green City
why I believe building compact communities should be one of America's highest environmental priorities, and why..our obsession with building greener cars may be obscuring.. the problem and some of the benefits of using land-use change as a primary sustain
urbanism  environment  transportation  design  future 
february 2008 by tsuomela
THE CITY FIX: Exploring Sustainable Solutions To The Problems of Urban Mobility
This blog is produced by EMBARQ - The WRI Center for Sustainable Transport at the World Resources Institute.
weblog-group  transportation  urbanism  architecture 
february 2008 by tsuomela
'The city is mine' | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
At night it's as though the city's history comes alive, bubbling up from where it lies dormant beneath the tarmac: when the crowds are gone, modernity slips away, and the city feels ancient and unruly.
urbanism  night  culture 
january 2008 by tsuomela
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