Boston curb, by Aaron Volkening for Flickr

Weekly Headlines: Curbing Our Enthusiasm

Democracy up for bid, curbside knowledge, the passing of a great scholar, and cities step up for sustainability

Vincent Scully, Yale scholar who explored architecture’s humanizing force, dies at 97
Washington Post, December 1, 2017
For Vincent Scully, architecture wasn’t just about buildings

This city hall, brought to you by Amazon
The Seattle Times, November 24, 2017
In the war to woo Amazon, democracy itself is becoming a bargaining chip.

America’s new front porches: public spaces
Governing, September 2017
ICYMI, this article examines the public space as “front porch.”

More cities are replacing parking with drop-off zones for ride-hailing services
Planetizen, November 21, 2017
More than one city has ditched parking in response to the congestion and conflicts created by ride-hailing pick-ups and drop-offs .

To understand the future of cities, watch the curb. Yes, the curb
Wired, November 22, 2017
Cities, says Matthew Roe, "have started to realize they need more tools to manage that valuable curbside space. It’s the most valuable space that a city owns.”

Local News

Boston begins effort to become carbon-neutral by 2050
WBUR Boston, November 28, 2017
The city with more LEED-certified energy efficient buildings than any other city in the nation wants to go even further.

Reclaiming golf courses could help Houston fight the next Harvey
Washington Post, November 27, 2017
Exploration Green shows how a local community can claim land for local flood control.

Asbury Park's Vision for City of 2027 Unveiled
Patch, December 1, 2017
Results of a long-anticipated reexamination of Asbury Park’s Master Plan have been released.

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