Durable Growth

Cutting edge may be cool, but not the best use of resources

In my last post, I wrote about how the High Line project in New York City is affecting the conversation about parks in North Bay cities. Some citizens suggest that North Bay cities should be capable of High Line-type projects. However, the suggestion ignores the uniqueness of both the High Line setting and the deep […]

Durable Growth, Government

Getting seconded with authority

Financial District in Manhattan

A few posts back, while poking fun at my habit of tallying the states I’ve visited, I suggested that counting cities was a more appropriate measure of travel because cities have been more important to civilization.

The heart of my argument was “The history of civilization begins with Babylon, Athens, […]

Durable Growth

Cities aren’t quiet places

8th Avenue hotel room

I made my first trip into Manhattan in 2008. It was an overnight stop in the middle of a once-over-lightly tour of east coast metropolises, traveling from Boston to New York to Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. and then back north again.

I was traveling alone, by train and with one […]

Durable Growth

Quarterly quirks

Urbanism doesn’t particularly lend itself to practical jokes, but it has moments of quirkiness and whimsy. That’s close enough for me to offer a quarterly urbanist celebration of April Fool’s Day.

Photos from Japan: We’ll start with a couple of photos from urban Japan.

The first photo is of one of the world’s smallest parking […]