View from the distinctive sphere at Amazon headquarters in Seattle. Photo: Peter Alfred Hess, Flickr

Headlines: Urbanism's many shapes and sizes

Urbanism in small cities and suburbs, planning in a global context, and the stamp of retailers on the form of the city.

Maybe cities are the future of suburbs
Bloomberg View, September 11, 2017
The great urban revival may not be ending, it may just be relocating.

Strategies for revitalizing smaller post-industrial cities
Planetizen, September 8, 2017
For every Pittsburgh or Cleveland success story, there's a story waiting to be told in smaller cities like Gary and Lowell.

Nordstrom’s wild new concept: A clothing store with no clothes
Washington Post, September 12, 2107
The concept for Nordstrom Local is a smaller store with amenities and personal shoppers—but very little inventory.

Apple and Amazon take two paths to the same conclusion: The tech companies owe nothing to the American city
Los Angeles Times, September 14, 2017
Amazon’s [selection process] suggests an attitude about American cities and their needs that isn’t so different from Apple’s. 

What urban planners want from the international community
Citiscope, September 11, 2017
An interview with Peter Calthorpe:If UN-Habitat gets the kind of support it needs to do normative work…those will be incredible tools for cities and practitioners.

Cities are trying to end pedestrian deaths. New data suggests they’re making progress
Governing, ICYMI June 2017
The Vision Zero traffic-safety campaign depends on using data to identify dangerous conditions. Now that data is getting even better.

Local News

University of Notre Dame group to create urban designs for Tulsa neighborhoods
TulsaWorld, September 12, 2017
On bicycle, on foot and in public forums, a group from the University of Notre Dame is examining how to improve a section of Tulsa.

Pilgrim’s progress: New suburbanism, finally, at former state hospital
Long Island Press, September 12, 2017
Homes and retail in a walkable setting, proposed for the old site of a mental hospital.

Forbidden city: How Los Angeles banned some of its most popular buildings
Urbanize LA, September 6, 2017
A “forbidden city” lies within Los Angeles: beloved buildings that would be illegal to build today.

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