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Buffalo's Top Scribe: "Wall-Like Road Makes No Sense"

Donn Esmonde weighs in on the waterfront debate again this week with his commentary in the Buffalo News, "Route 5 barricade heads to c

Doug Farr on Smart City Radio

Doug Farr discusses Sustainable Urbanism, LEED for Neighborhood Development, and the 2030 Community Challenge with Smart City Radio's Carol Coletta.

The Bulldozer Wins

Lee Myung Bak, the "Bulldozer", was elected as President of South Korea on Wednesday.

Trailer for "Sprawling from Grace, Driven to Madness"

Check out the trailer for a new feature-length documentary film from EMotion Pictures. The film explores the negative impact of sprawl on the nation’s largest cities and the promise of transit-oriented development as an alternative. It includes conversations with Peter Calthorpe, Shelley Poticha, and Dena Belzer among others.

Buzz growing as Motown’s Downtown Population Grows, learn more at CNU XV's Detroit Sessions

Corey Williams documents the growing demand for retail in Downtown Detroit in the Detroit Free Press on May 5 in »

Boulevard option rising to the surface in Seattle

Mike Lindblom, from the Seattle Times, reports this week in "Viaduct fight: Could streets be the answer?" on how the surface option is still on the table if not on the March advisory ballot. The struggle with what to do with the aging Alaskan Way Viaduct continues.

With US urbanists (mostly) blocked, Euro urbanists rush in to help save Havana

The Cuban and Norwegian chapters of the Council for European Urbanism (CEU) have been busy arranging two great opportunities to learn more about (and influence) Cuban urbanism: a week long tour traveling to Havana, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad (Feb 24 - Mar 3) and a charrette focused on Old Havana's waterfront and nearby Casablanca (Mar 4-10).

Revival of Detroit's Book Cadillac Hotel: See the Video Here

One of the most exciting new developments in Downtown Detroit is the restoration of the Book Cadillac Hotel by the Ferchill Group. Check out this video, provided by Model D (a Detroit website covering redevelopment efforts in the city).

Attending Global Place: Practice, Politics and the Polis?

The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning is hosting a two-day interdisciplinary symposium on January 4-6,2007 in Ann Arbor Michigan. Global Place: Practice, Politics, and the Polis will bring together two dozen renowned architects, urban planners, researchers and scholars from around the world. The centennial conference will address questions and opportunities that architecture and planning face in an increasingly urbanized, media-driven and commoditized world.