Posts Under ‘urbanism’ Category

Why Do We Love the Suburbs?

That’s another way of framing this question from Kevin Drum: Why Do We Hate our Cities? But I’ll play along and just say there’s plenty of anti-urban bias to go around, including among nature-loving greens who have historically loathed cities. So the larger problem, I’d argue, is as much cultural as it is political.

David Byrne's Perfect City

It’s an amalgam of engineering, architectural, and human qualities that he muses on here in the WSJ’s weekend edition. Size is obviously important: A city can’t be too small. Size guarantees anonymity””if you make an embarrassing mistake in a large city, and it’s not on the cover of the Post, you can probably try again….Continue Reading…

What Moses Wrought

Several weeks ago Dwight Garner from the NYT began a book review this way: Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs are the subject and the author of two of the most indelible nonfiction books of the 20th century: Robert Caro’s biography of Moses, “The Power Broker” (1974) and Jacobs’s own “Death and Life of Great American…Continue Reading…