At a recent block party, I was taken aback by the primal scene before me. We looked just like a group of monkeys, lazing happily in the warm sun. And it hit me: Block parties and monkeys show us similar and profound truths about ourselves.Read More
Author: Adam Greenfield
The new book The Well-Tempered City explores solutions to a plethora of cities’ 21st century challenges. But one solution stands out: How citizens are included in the discussions about change. What can make a person yearn for parking lots one minute and walkable, sustainable cities the next? We discuss.Read More
Jim Gray ran for mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, in 2010 on an unusual and un-sexy election pledge: To convert all of Lexington’s downtown streets from one-way to two-way. Gray’s campaign was a sign of the times; two-way streets are returning to American downtowns. We find out why.Read More
Our Let’s Explore series explores a notable place from an urban design perspective. In this installment, we visit the charming Putnam Plaza in Petaluma, a small town 60 miles north of San Francisco.Read More
What constitutes beauty? The Most Beautiful Villages in France organization says it has the answer. We look at the scheme’s criteria of beauty and ask: Could there be a Most Beautiful Villages of America award?Read More
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