new urbanism

McKinsey Researches How to Make Great Cities

McKinsey Researches How to Make Great Cities

As you can see in this video, the business consultancy McKinsey has been investigating what makes great cities great.  The ultimate business consultants aren’t turning into land-use planners, but have come to believe that cities are and will be major drivers of economic competitiveness for the societies in which they are located: What makes a […]

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Eyes on the Street:  Did Jane Jacobs get it wrong?

Eyes on the Street: Did Jane Jacobs get it wrong?

In her book the Life and Death of Great American Cities, urbanist Jane Jacobs asserted (based on the sketchiest of anecdotal evidence from her Greenwich Village neighborhood) that introducing commercial uses into a neighborhood brings life and activity to the area.  This in turn means more people are observing events, and these added “eyes on […]

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Are We Due for Another Round of Abandoned Inner Cities as the Millennials Hit 30?

Are We Due for Another Round of Abandoned Inner Cities as the Millennials Hit 30?

That’s the implication of a piece by Haya El Nasser carried by the Gannett New Service: The older they get, the less likely people are to live in cities, according to recent Census data. The peak age for urban living is 25 to 27, when 20% of that age group are nestled in urban centers. […]

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Big Data & the Economics of Big Cities

Big Data & the Economics of Big Cities

Some futurists have argued that the ubiquity of telecommunications and computing will make cities obsolete.  The Economist‘s Urban Life blog has been making the argument that the rise of the digital age could make cities more important and vital than ever.  Big data is not only becoming big business, it is–according to this perspective–an important […]

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3D Printing Comes to Community Visioning

3D Printing Comes to Community Visioning

We have a long standing interest in the revolutionary potential for 3-D printing.  Planetizen highlights an Atlantic Cities post on how Lexington, KY is making exciting use of this innovative technology: Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville calls the city’s annual Ideas Festival a “democratized” version of the TED conference. “You don’t have to pay ten […]

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Can we have higher-density cities that aren’t crowded?

Can we have higher-density cities that aren’t crowded?

MIT urbanist Kent Larson argues that we can.  His recent TED talk outlines his vision for cities with higher density and less crowding:

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