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The Times' Attack on Gentrification: Sloppy, Sloppy, Sloppy

In a recent article entitled "Gentrifying Into the Shelters", the New York Times blamed homelessness on middle-class New Yorkers who dare to move into the city's poorer neighborhoods. ... read more »

The Legacy of Levittown

  After finishing Levittown: Two Families, One Tycoon, and the Fight for Civil Rights by David Kushner, I have spent the past week educating myself in the Levitt Brothers and their enormous contribution to housing, land use, and race relations in America. By David Kushner ... read more »

Two Middle-Class(?) Neighborhoods

A few days ago, I partially responded to Joel Kotkin's defense of Sun Belt sprawl and attack on more "urban" cities like New York and Washington, arguing that the latter group of cities seem to be more attractive to the wealthy and more able to generate wealth.  But of course, I didn't really a... read more »

Responding to a little New York-bashing

Joel Kotkin just wrote a blog post on New Geography explaining why today's Obama voters will eventually turn into Republicans - a subject not particularly relevant to urbanism.  But a few paragraphs of the essay grabbed my attention, in particular this one: ... read more »

Sprawl and Obesity: NYC as a case study

The City Data web page contains, among other things, county-by-county statistics on obesity.   Because each New York borough is a county, I thought that looking at New York might be more informative than looking at other metro areas where a county can include a wide range of cities and suburbs.... read more »

Nickolai Group is Selected as Exclusive Agent for Woodbury Village, a 130 Acre Transit-Oriented Development Site

The Nickolai Group at Prudential Douglas Elliman has been awarded the title of exclusive listing agent for the largest transit oriented development in New York- Woodbury Village. Woodbury is a 130 acre site located between to the New York Thruway (I-87,) Conrail, Route 17M, and Averill Avenue. The s... read more »

Empire State Future

Awareness of New Urbanism and the Smart Growth gospel continue to spread in The Empire State. ... read more »

Streetfilms Takes on Highway Removal with CNU's John Norquist

The latest edition of Streetfilms' "Moving Beyond the Automobile" series takes a look at Highway Removal. CNU's John Norquist sets the stage:   ... read more »

The Nature of Cities

Cities are often derided as places of congestion, crowds and concrete. The truth is that within each of those elements reside dynamism, diversity and design. The nature of cities is to blend different environments, ideas and peoples to produce a mixture of places for exchange and interaction. ... read more »

Stimulus grant puts NYC’s Moynihan Station on the right track

Last week, federal transportation secretary Ray LaHood announced $1.5 billion worth of grants to assist 51 pending transportation projects in 41 states and the District of Columbia.  None will be ... read more »