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On the Map by Simon Garfield (Book Review)

(This book was first reviewed here by Jeffrey Barke in April 15, 2013.  This is a second review). To satisfy our curiosity and wanderlust humans need two things, new modes of transportation and maps. Our proclivity to chart and map the world around us can be traced back to Babylonians, who divided a circle into 360 degrees, which […]

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A love letter to urban scents

Dear urban olfactory overexposers, You’re not quite like the unpopulated wet forest, smelling of mud, decay and heavy timber; nor like my tiny oceanside hometown filling the air with brine and sundried seaweed. Rather you have a grand variety of lowpoints and highs; a combination of heady delicacies and nauseating wafts… The mysterious night bakery […]

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Planning Love: V-Day Cards

Some west coast love has infiltrated the internet in the form of the ‘Planning Love’ site that has Valentine’s Day cards for planners, architects, etc… Check it out, they are quite clever! I am hoping to see one that is a classier version of this:

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Creativity

Thanksgiving was a time to take stock of the good things in one’s life. Some of the things I am thankful for (beyond the usual health/family/friends items) include: having some sort of sense of humor, and having had multiple opportunities to work with creative people. One of those creative people I have had the pleasure […]

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Alice Munro Wins 2013 Noble Prize for Literature

The genesis of plaNYourCity was when some planners started to ask around for books of fiction that portrayed a distinct sense of place, particularly a city. Some of the first titles to surface were Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of Vanities which describes the racial tensions and environment of 1980’s New York, and Erik Larson’s The Devil in […]

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More About Detroit Bankruptcy

Guardian, UK News papers and blogosphere published many articles on the plight of Detroit and what led to its decline. Following are few articles I picked to share with those who are still searching for information and answers. Hundred and eighty-two year old Detroit Free Press is the largest daily newspaper in Detroit area. It […]

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NACTO Urban Street Design Guide available 9/23/2013

About a year ago talk began about the NACTO* Urban Street Design Guide. This video indicates that it might be out next month! September 23, 2013 to be precise. You can even pre-order, if you are are into that sort of thing. This guide may be an important step in helping to adjust Federal transportation […]

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End of the Suburbs by Leigh Gallagher

PRESS Pass: Leigh Gallagher. A couple of interviews with Leigh Gallagher have recently been published (including the above video link) about her new book The End of the Suburbs. Her book looks at the history of the suburbs and the recent demographic shifts that have been occurring and what it means for the future of […]

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Arsenal

So I recently discovered by way of the Guggenheim that there is going to be a new book published by Actar entitled, The Arsenal of Exclusion and Inclusion, out next spring (2014) on the subtle tactics and tools humans have used to shape their territories. Often this means excluding unwanted residents and visitors. The authors […]

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CHASING ICE: A Photographic Evidence of Changing Climate

  Chasing Ice is a film documenting the rapidly melting glaciers due to global warming.   In 2005 James Balog a renowned photographer, was sent to Arctic to take pictures, which would show the effects of climate change. National Geographic called it The Big Thaw in its June 2007 cover story.  While shooting this cover story in the Arctic regions Balog was astounded by the rapid change in glaciers […]

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