by Andrew Alexander Price
Does block size and street grid really matter? Read on…
by Nathan Lewis – New World Economics
One thing you start thinking about, when you understand what I am talking about regarding the Traditional City, is: why don’t people get it
I think this is, at least in part, because people go round and round what we will call today the Triad of City Design Failure. The triad is:
The 19th Century Hypertrophic City (today called “New Urbanism”)
The 20th Century Hypertrophic City
from the Planner Dan blog
Today, we tend to think of small lots as unusable scraps; nuisances which stand in the way of good development. Many redevelopment efforts focus on the assembly of these lots into workable development sites. The small, wasteful buildings can then be swept away to make room for efficient development. Read on….
From Strong Towns - CHARLES MAROHN
I’m an engineer, so for a lot of my life I’ve been somewhat dismissive — not intentionally but by default — of many things aesthetic. My first year at the University of Minnesota, I roomed with an architecture major. While I did calculus and physics, he did art history and drawing. It simply confirmed to me that I was in the right academic tract becuase I could not draw and I grew up in a neighborhood where Dogs Playing Pool was considered quality art. I was not cut out to be an architect. Continue Reading…
Posted by Chuck Wolfe – My Urbanist
At TEDCity2.0 in New York City the week before last, urban redefinition, reinvention and reimagination ruled. Among the presentations: that urbanist stand-by, the the most walkable cities in the world.
Mind you, I don’t want to upset the gurus and nabobs of urbanism. But I’m just back from southern France and Corsica, with contrasting images galore, and a new point of view.
Simply stated. walkable is good, but sit-able is better. And it’s time for the next big focal point and the next big idea, The Sit-able City. Complete Post…
Stephanie Garlock – Atlantic Cities
St. Paul-based cartoonist Andy Singer has never owned a car, even though he’s lived, over the last 47 years, in places as diverse as New York City, Ithaca, Oakland, Boston, and now the Twin Cities. He’s clearly a minority among Americans, but he’s made a career out of using art to convince others to rethink their romance with the automobile. CONTINUE READING….
by Daniel Kitts Friday June 21, 2013
Piscataquis Village Investor, J.H. Crawford, has written two books on how to achieve the idea of cities without cars: “Carfree Cities” and “Carfree Design Manual.” He talks to Agenda intern Krystyna Henke about how cities without cars could work.