Archive for the 'Urban Planning & Design' Category

Las Vegas Rolls the Dice on a New City Hall

January 1, 2010

Mayor Oscar Goodman hopes the project will set off a chain reaction of new development downtown and put an economically hurting city back to work.

Governing, January 2010


The Oddly Fascinating History of Parking Garages

December 1, 2009

An exhibit at the National Building Museum reveals the untold chapter of America’s love affair with automobiles.

Governing, December 2009

Tysons Corner, Reimagined

November 1, 2009

Can the iconic super-suburb break from its traffic-clogged past?

Governing, November 2009

A Competition to Re-Think the Suburbs

September 1, 2009

A little bit of absurdity may not be a bad thing.


Governing, September 2009

Urban Harvest

August 1, 2009

For urban agriculture to work, we’ll need to stop talking about it in utopian terms. Instead, let’s talk about money.

Governing, August 2009

High Time for the High Line

July 1, 2009

The first leg of New York’s park in the sky is open.

Governing, July 2009

The Great White Right-of-Way

June 1, 2009

New York gives Broadway over to pedestrians.

Governing, June 2009

Plus: my interview with NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan

Local Warming

December 1, 2007

It’s too late to stop climate change. What we can do is plan for it.

Governing, December, 2007

Plus: my interview with two officials in Olympia, Washington, about how to cope with sea-level rise.

Smart Decline

November 1, 2006

Youngstown has lost more than half its population. Those people aren’t coming back. But shrinking doesn’t have to mean dying.

Governing, November 2006

Plus: My photo essay on Youngstown, and interviews with Mayor Jay Williams and urban planner Hunter Morrison.

UPDATE: New York Times Magazine includes “creative shrinkage” in its 2006 Year in Ideas issue. Now where did they read about that?

Mississippi’s Urbanist Odyssey

September 1, 2006

The ravaged Gulf Coast has a rare opportunity to recreate itself. But it still has to decide what it wants to look like.

Governing, September 2006

Plus: A Q&A with me on what I found in Mississippi and New Orleans.

The Code War

January 1, 2006

As governments move toward uniform building codes, they are being lobbied by two rival groups that offer competing sets of standards.

Governing, January 2006

Rethinking the Urban Speedway

October 1, 2005

Governing Oct. 05 Cover.JPGFor decades, highway engineers focused on designing wider, straighter, faster roads. Now, moving traffic quickly is no longer the sole goal.

Governing, October 2005

Advancing Hope

September 1, 2005

For Gloria Rodriguez and her nonprofit group, Avance, preservation is a critical tool in the fight against poverty.

Preservation, September/October 2005

D.C.’s Waterfront Revival

April 1, 2004

You need not wander far from the steps of the U.S. Capitol to find a part of Washington, D.C., that even most locals don’t know exists.

Planning, April 2004

Reinventing the District

February 1, 2004

A pro-planning mayor and his planning director set a new course for a troubled city.

Planning, February 2004