This week we’re joined once again by author Chuck Wolfe to talk about his book “Sustaining a City’s Culture and Character.” We talk about sustainable travel and the “character” and “authenticity” of places. We also talk in detail about the importance of context when considering planning for the future. For those of you who prefer […]
Urban areas have a lot to contribute to the congressional climate change debate. (Photo: SDOT Blog) This week, I was fortunate to attend the Open Cities conference in Washington (along with fellow Streetsbloggers Elana Schor and Aaron Naparstek), on the ways in which new media is shaping urban policy. The takeaway, for me at least, […]
The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), an advocacy group working to reform local development practices, is seizing on House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank’s (D-MA) recent call for a new system of housing finance to replace government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Mixed-use developments, such as Atlanta’s Atlantic Station (above), are often incompatible […]
This week, we're talking about the disconnect between techno-optimists and urbanists in climate change approach (whoa!).
Do you ever think about the ecology of the city you live in? Not just the parks and the smog. Scientists are starting to examine urban ecosystems more holistically: the trees and the concrete, natural gas lines and soil, water pipes and rivers. The natural and the synthetic feed off each other in surprising ways. […]
The urban issues writer talks to us about his love of writing about highways — for good and evil! — and his overall process for coming up with ideas.