New York City

Chanukah Songs for Urbanists

One wonderful thing about Chanukah is how easily its songs lend themselves to adaptation.  For example, last week I adapted the Chanukah song "Mi Y'Malel" (Who Can Retell) here.   Then I created a New York version here.   Create some lyrics for your own city!  ... read more »

Documenting NIMBYism

Because much of the literature on anti-density "exclusionary zoning" involves suburbs, you might think that cities tend to favor development and density.  But according to a recent paper by Vicki Been of NYU Law, this is not the case.  The study examines rezonings proposed by the New York ... read more »

Shared Spaces: 4 Cities/4 Plans for Pedestrian, Cycling Safety

This post orginally appeared on RGordonArchitect, the architecture and design blog of Chicago-based architect Robert Gordon. ****** ... read more »

CNU CITY SPOTLIGHT: Pedestrian Plaza in Jackson Heights, Queens

  This post is part of a new series on the CNU Salons, CITY SPOTLIGHT. City Spotlight shines a light on the latest news, developments and initiatives occurring in cities and towns where CNU members live and work. ... read more »

Sprawl: Opportunity Costs - Opportunity Lost

The image is a drawing done by the author, simply expressing visually what I would be seeing from the place I grew up. Looking back, I might wonder how I can look back further in time and see how a city like New York, and my "old" neighborhood came into existence, how it has changed and constantly e... read more »

The High Line Brought Down to Earth: Chicago's Bloomingdale Trail

It's been exactly one month since Rahm Emanuel assumed the mayoralty in Chicago, and already pedestrians are beginning to feel the Mayor's presence on city streets everywhere.  Emanuel has given free reign to new CDOT commissioner Gabe Klein to introduce a series of measures in envisi... read more »

CNU XVI – Robert Caro on Robert Moses

Last year several New York museums and institutions put together a retrospective on the career of Robert Moses. ... read more »