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CNU 24: Exploring Detroit

Broderick Tower and Peoplemover track

I love living in the North Bay. Walkable downtowns. Nice people. Comfortable Mediterranean climate, at least until climate changes progresses further.

But living in the North Bay presents challenges when I attend the annual gatherings of the Congress for the New Urbanism. The recent CNU 24 in Detroit was […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

CNU 24: Getting around Detroit

Downtown Detroit and the Detroit River

Being newly returned from the annual meeting of the Congress for the New Urbanism, CNU 24, I have pages of notes to review, with the goals of extracting the best quotes and stories to share and also of reminding myself about the subjects into which I should dig […]

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Link-Fest: Detroit

Detroit skyline (from Dreamstime)

I’m still in Detroit, soaking up the lessons that the Motor City can give because any city that believes what happened to Detroit can’t possibly happen to it doesn’t understand how the world works. Ugly fates are always lurking near those who don’t learn from history. History may not repeat […]

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Detroit: Reading list

Detroit skyline (from Dreamstime)

In my previous post, I wrote about my personal draft history of the fall of Detroit. I also noted that I’d established and partially completed a Detroit reading list before traveling to CNU 24 in the Motor City. Today, I’ll give pocket reviews of the books read, partially read, and […]

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Detroit: A draft history

Detroit skyline (from Dreamstime)

There was a time in the history of this blog when I had an antagonist who spent much of his time submitting adversarial comments. I’d wake in the morning to find six new comments. Urbanism was about creating neighborhoods for illegal immigrants. Climate change was a government fraud to take […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Circling back to buses and books

Petaluma Transit bus

I have several North Bay updates to share today, from new and improved bus routes in Petaluma to a revisited book club to a request for reading list suggestions.

A couple of months back, I wrote about how the staff at Petaluma Transit was working hard to build connections with SMART, […]

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Wealth-stealing suburbs

Aging former home in Buffalo, an earlier CNU conference destination

I’ll spend five days in Detroit this coming June, attending the annual conference of the Congress for the New Urbanism.

I’m anticipating the trip with eagerness. I haven’t been in Detroit since 1999. And my focus back then was absorbing the atmosphere of Tiger […]

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More thoughts on the Motor City’s road upward

Urban revitalization

In my last post, I wrote of the financial issues around the Detroit municipal bankruptcy. A key concern was the impact of the bankruptcy on availability of capital for future municipal improvements in Detroit and elsewhere.

Access to capital is a critical factor in the viability of cities, but it’s not the […]

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Digging out of the hole

Urban street scene

The recent bankruptcy filing by the City of Detroit, along with earlier filings by the City of Stockton and other municipalities, presents an opportunity for urbanism.

Nor will the opportunities likely be limited to Detroit and Stockton. Much of how we’ve built our cities in the past seventy years had led […]