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In praise of magic gates

Whole Foods gate

While shopping at the Whole Foods in Petaluma a few days ago, I noted a gate that had previously escaped my attention. It was a simple little gate, chain-link, self-closing, keyed from both sides. But it had a magical function.

The gate provided direct walking access from a low-income, senior housing […]

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Intro to urbanism, part nine: Valuing form over initial use

Buildings viewed from South Cove Park in Manhattan

As the calendar turns to February, it’s time to wind up my New Year’s “Intro to Urbanism”. Today’s part nine will visit the role of buildings in an urban setting. A week from now, part ten will offer a summing up. (For new readers, earlier parts […]