City life

People don’t live by water pipes, sewers, street lights, and thoroughfares alone. Social infrastructure is what transforms cities from collections of buildings and roads to communities worth caring about.
This holiday, experience the magic of a city or town. Let that become part of your family experience. It may change your life.
Unique annual film festival spotlights the world’s most inspiring stories about making cities, towns and neighborhoods better places for everyone.
William Fulton combines the sharp eye of a journalist, the objective rigor of an academic, and the practical experience of a leader in a book of urban essays, Place and Prosperity: How Cities Help Us Connect and Innovate.
Dhiru A. Thadani has produced an illustrative book that is full of insights into the people, places, history, and urbanism of our nation’s capital.
Amid the recent oppressive heat wave, it may be hard to imagine when warmth feels good. But there comes a time when people put on hats and gloves and scarves and engage in outdoor activities to generate body heat, and the contrast with the cold is...
“Strong culture is as important as walkability, good street frontage, and all of the elements new urbanists always talk about.”
Main Streets, downtown cores, and neighborhood centers play a vital social role in American communities. The idea of Central Social Districts offers a way for cities to nurture this function to help urban centers thrive.
We shape our cities and then they shape us.
The survival of live classical music depends on many things, not the least of which is the design and urban planning around concert halls.
One gaggle of girls, 270-plus trick-or-treaters, 20 pies, and one streetwise cat are vital statistics for this urban thoroughfare.
The transformation of a New Orleans retail box into a music hall with magnetic street presence is a remarkable urban achievement.