Cities, like brains, are immense networks of connective patterns built up over time. Understanding this evolving structure can help us to formulate better urban policies and practices.
New Urbanism planning principles have been incorporated into comprehensive plans all across Texas, and this has begun to have real impacts on people and places.
For many years, retailers resisted the architecture of street-facing storefronts, but necessity is the mother of flexibility.
A few simple policy steps rooted in design and public access have dramatically improved a stretch of the Adriatic coast. Similar ideas could be implemented in US towns.
This holiday is about places and people and memory, and that has an impact on how we build and experience cities and towns.
Review of City on a Hill: Urban Idealism in America from the Puritans to the Present, by Alex Krieger, Harvard University Press, 2019.


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