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19th Ave, lined with condos on both sides

Transit in the Desert: What Drives Ridership in Sprawling Phoenix?

Transit advocates everywhere like to point to the New Yorks, Bostons, and Chicagos of our country when looking towards the future – if only we could recreate the dense urban fabric of Brooklyn out here in Texas, the thought goes. But unless we tear down nearly everything we’ve built in the last fifty years and start over, we’re going to have to […]

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Enabling Communities to Build Their Own Plazas

  All over the country more and more cities are catching on to the idea that public space can be created quickly and cheaply; expensive master plans are becoming a thing of the past. Typically a community partner—a business improvement district or non-profit community organization—can apply through the municipality to transform an excessive roadway into […]

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The central market square, or Grote Markt, in Bruges at dusk on a summer night.

A Love Letter To Flemish Cities

I’ve recently become enamored with the historic cities of Flandres, the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium. Whilst I used to only pass through Flandres in the past, often on my way to France, I first discovered Flemish cities on a study trip to the region in 2007. Wandering through places like Bruges or Ghent with a […]

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Are we closer to utopia?

Last century, architects and urban planners had to deal with the fact that vehicles were rapidly increasing their presence in cities. To solve the relationship between cars and pedestrians, some proposed to separate them. A relevant example of these urban planners was Clarence Perry, who developed a concept in the early 1900’s called the “Neighborhood Unit” […]

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Snow!

As a city-dwelling dog owner, the use of salt to deice sidewalks upsets me. Mostly because it hurts the paws of my four-legged best friend. But it is also hard on the environment. Salt damages plants (street trees, etc…) and makes its way into our waterways. There was a great deal of concern about the […]

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Walkers (the living non-zombie ones): part 3

Walkers: part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 Here we are back to Sam and his no-nonsense, telic walking style. In the first post of this series I came up with 3 questions that Sam needed answers to in his day to day life. This post will attempt to address the first: Where am I? […]

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Walkers (the living non-zombie ones): part 2

Walkers: part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 Apologies for the delay in this follow up to my previous Walker post… I have been mulling over what I learned in the Walking & the Life of the City Symposium and trying to figure out how that information can be transformed into useful knowledge to design a more walkable […]

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Walkers (the living, non-zombie ones): part 1

Walkers: part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 New York made a huge effort to become car friendly in the twentieth century with new highways et al. (thanks mainly to Robert Moses). Now there is a focus on adding bike lane infrastructure and pedestrian realm improvements. But it seems like the improvements that have shaped the transportation infrastructure […]

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