City life

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.
"Porches become stages, yards become venues, and radical generosity and good will rule the day."
It seems everywhere I turn lately I stumble my way into a conversation on creative placemaking — people looking at the activation of public space as a way to further their personal and collective passions and pursuits. It’s heartening. I’...
When I posted a list of ten songs for urbanists in February, many people posted alternative suggestions—so many that I nearly had enough for another list. I curated those suggestions and added a few more. Enjoy! Where Do the Children Play?
Sociability is an economic engine driving the development of cities throughout the world. Keys are to enhance vibrancy, assure safety, and plan for people.
I offer a personal selection of music on topics that urbanists care about—I hope you enjoy it.