Parc de la Villette, Paris, by Simon Blackley on Flickr

Headlines: Something old, something new

Suburban cool, neighbors as developers, and how ancient roads still map prosperity

Developers are trying to make the suburbs cool. Is that possible?
Boston Globe, August 3, 2018
Builders are endeavoring to retrofit sterile office parks with elements of urban life. Owners are adding shops, restaurants, and stylish coffee bars intended to bring their properties out of the floppy-disk era. Many are trying to create housing within walking distance.

Reactivating Abandoned Buildings through Local Ownership in Smaller Cities
Next City, August 9, 2018
The Neighbors for Neighborhoods program in New York State helps individual residents take over and reactivate vacant properties of up to four dwelling units. 

How 2,000-year-old roads predict modern prosperity
Washington Post, August 6, 2018
A team of Danish economists has put forth a forceful case for one largely overlooked driver of economic development in Europe: roadways built by the Roman empire nearly two thousand years ago.

A secret city opens up
Curbed, August 8, 2018
The city of Oak Ridge is partnering with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop UrbanSense, a sensor network and visualization platform to enable cities to monitor population movement, traffic, social dynamics, and environmental conditions in real time. 

How Le Corbusier became big in Japan
New York Times, August 8, 2018
Most of the country’s Modernism can be traced back to him—and the struggle to place his ideas in Japanese identity.

How the Parc de la Villette kickstarted a new era for urban design
ArchDaily, August 10, 2018
Where earlier landscape architects conceived of parks as places to escape the city, the new concept creates a park as an extension to the city.

A river restored breathes new life into Kuala Lumpur
Mongabay, August 8, 2018
The River of Life project in Malaysia has made the Klang River into a striking place of beauty, featuring a promenade and parks, fountains and misty cobalt-blue nighttime light shows that make it the city of Kuala Lumpur's most noted and visited destination.

Local News

Baltimore City Council repeals part of fire code to accommodate bike lanes, development
Baltimore Sun, August 7, 2018
The City Council voted unanimously to repeal parts of the code, to make way for new, mixed-use, walkable and bikeable development

Norton Commons unveils North Village market
Lane Report, August 8, 2018
Growing ‘new urbanism’ community opens innovative retail, food and beverage cottages

Enter an Arizona urban design utopia redefining urban planning
Architectural Digest, August 6, 2018
An innovative "agrihood" features a certified organic farm, shared commercial spaces, and community craftspeople

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