Urbanism

Richard Florida, Mr. Creative Class, Is Now Mr. Rust Belt

But he's not sorry about Brooklynizing your neighborhood

Richard Florida's theory of the creative class has been disproved. He's hoping you won't notice.

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Washington, D.C.’s infamous height limit for buildings has returned to the news of late, with the D.C. Office of Planning recommending that current restrictions—which essentially make a 13-story building about as high as you can go—be loosened around D.C.’s core and eliminated altogether elsewhere, with further zoning left to the discretion of the District’s government.

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The End of the Rainbow

From 1993: America's Changing Urban Politics

Big cities are turning against Bloomberg-style mayors. This 1993 TNR piece explains why we first turned to them.

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The One Building that Explains How Detroit Could Come Back

A plan to foster innovation amidst bankruptcy

The old Argonaut Building has a big place in Detroit’s history. From 1936 to 1956, it was the home of the General Motors Research Laboratory, the first in-house research & design studio in the automotive industry.

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Robert Moses Redux

Our new infatuation with old urban titans

Until recently, the titans of 20th century urban planning were remembered as tyrannical bullies. Why that's changing. 

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After the Newspaper Building

Struggling dailies are abandoning their grand old buildings. Why that's not a bad thing.

Struggling dailies are abandoning their grand old buildings. Why that's not a bad thing. 

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Is It Too Late to Fix DC's Suburbs?

The trouble with urbanizing Beltway sprawl

The plan to turn Beltway sprawl into liveable downtowns is off to a rough start .

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Detroit's Least Bad Option

How emergency management could help the ailing city

It's hard not to feel like a failure. Detroit, my home since 2007, will soon be taken over by an emergency financial manager, hand picked by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Detroit's difficulty in financing public services over 139-square miles is well known, and the state-declared emergency is not surprising. I knew the EM was coming, which is why I am surprised at how tremendously sad I feel. For decades, talented people have worked so hard.

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If You Rebuild It, They Might Not Come

Brad Pitt's beautiful houses are a drag on New Orleans

Brad Pitt's beautiful houses are a drag on New Orleans.

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The Real Problem with Gentrification

A phenomenon that revived cities can also make them monotonous

Gentrification, which has helped revive so many cities, has a possibly self-defeating side-effect: Leaving monotonous neighborhoods in its wake. 

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