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In News & Notesby Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Here’s a few items that have landed in my inbox today. I don’t have the time now to digest them myself and post any thoughts on them, so they are presented here for your reading pleasure: From Dan Kennedy’s Media Nation I was pointed to Catherine Tumber’s Small, Green, and Good The role of neglected cities in a sustainable future …

Required Reading: Part II

In News & Notesby Bret Ancowitz7 Comments

As interesting follow-ups to the essential “The Atlantic” piece I blogged about below, there are two other essential articles… One is by David Brooks of the NY Times, who had been drinking New Urbanism water of late, but backpedals with his depressing “I Dream of Denver” piece, which covers some (flawed sounding) polling data suggesting that you and I may …

Must Read: How the Crash Will Reshape America

In News & Notesby Bret Ancowitz6 Comments

This article in the current The Atlantic, by Richard Florida, is a must read for anyone who cares about American cities and how our urban and national cityscapes will change as a result of our economic difficulties. The article is a well researched and deeply logical prediction by an well known expert on how communities and regions will be altered …

More NY Times Articles of Note

In News & Notes, Uncategorizedby Bret AncowitzLeave a Comment

The NY Times writers and editors have for some time been examining transit and land use issues, but with the economic calamity unfolding and the mood for “stimulus” in the air, they have had many good articles of late. One is by the liberal-leaning Bob Herbert who, like his conservative co-columnist David Brooks, begs for infrastructure updates first and foremost …

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A couple articles from the intertubes

In News & Notesby Jef Nickerson1 Comment

The Atlantic: The Next Slum? – The subprime crisis is just the tip of the iceberg. Fundamental changes in American life may turn today’s McMansions into tomorrow’s tenements. Strange days are upon the residents of many a suburban cul-de-sac. Once-tidy yards have become overgrown, as the houses they front have gone vacant. Signs of physical and social disorder are spreading. …