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It’s winter again in Boston. Anyone who was there last year during February and March knows what that means. The ability to move about the city could come to a screeching halt in the blink of an eye. . The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA, or the “T”) completely shut down last winter after repeated large winter storms, […]

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19th Ave, lined with condos on both sides

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

Neither on-the-ground observation nor a basic data-driven analysis of high-transit use neighborhoods conclusively identify the factors driving transit use in Phoenix.  Sprawl is so dominant as a residential pattern, however, that planners must focus not only on building transit-friendly neighborhoods but also on providing alternative transportation options in the decidedly transit-“unfriendly” subdivisions that make up Arizona’s […]

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Extensions & Expansions

As local lore has it, when a relative asked Charles Tufts what he would do with his land, and more specifically with “that bleak hill over in Medford,” Tufts replied, “I will put a light on it.” The Universalist Church founded Tufts University in the 1840s with a gift of 20 acres of land from Boston […]

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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 Tale of Mr. TOD Once upon a time, Mr. Tod arrived in New York. And the rest was not yet history. The tale is still, obviously, unfolding. Will Mr. Tod be able to create mobile, accessible, and affordable neighborhoods? Or will Mr. Tod only support luxury? Mr. Tod, of course, is Mr. Transit-Oriented Development. He’s more and more popular these […]

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From the "Made in Brownsville" website

The Other Brownsville

When I searched the New York Times website recently for “Brownsville” (the one in Brooklyn, not the one in Texas), the first few search results were as follows: 16-Year-Old Is Fatally Shot on His Way Home from a Party in Brownsville New York City’s Optimistic Tone Feels Out of Reach in Brownsville Brownsville, Brooklyn, Is […]

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An aerial view of Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi, built between 1650 and 1658.

Historic Delhi

The following is an excerpt from H. K. Kaul’s Historic Delhi, An anthology   published by Oxford University Press, 1985.  http://designscene.wordpress.com/2008/11/12/old-photos-of-india/ The city is known to be more than 3,000 years old.  Around 1450 B.C. a forested area on the right bank of River Yamuna  was chosen as the site of Indraprastha by a Pandava king mentioned in Mahabharata.  It is […]

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A Perspective on Neighborhood Change: Crown Heights

For the last supper we each ordered our own plate, five sides for $8.50. I ordered double kabocha squash because it’s my very favorite, accompanied with okra, collards, and chickpea stew. He chose a platter of mock meats. Imhotep’s, a Jamaican vegan spot on Nostrand in Crown Heights. It was our go-to for a hearty […]

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Taksim Square Proposal

Taksim Square: Istanbul Residents vs Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

  This is our second post about Taksim Square. For city planners and architects looking in from the outside there are two issues; 1) what are the merits of the development proposals for Taksim Square; and 2) did Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality consult civic groups and organizations representing business owners and residents of the area before commencing construction?  The  answer to both questions is a […]

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EVENT: 5/11/13 Bike the Branches

What: Bike the Branches (Registration is now open!) When:  Saturday, May 11 (Rain Date: Sat., May 18), 2013 10am – 5pm : Bike Ride 5pm – 7pm : Finish Line Celebration Where: All 60 Branches (choose your own route), ending at Central Library For Whom: Bikers, Brooklynites & Library Lovers of all ages Cost: Adults $20 […]

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