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An Urbanist Tu'b'Shevat Seder

How to bring an urbanist slant to the Jewish holiday of Tu'b'Shevat next week
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The Creation of a "Drive to Qualify" World

The cost of intown housing makes suburbia fiscally tempting- but this is in part the result of deliberate policy choices by government.
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Even Controlling For Poverty, Urban Places Are Thinner Than Suburbs

Poor neighborhoods tend to be fatter than rich ones, whether they are urban or suburban. However, poor urban areas tend to be thinner than poor suburban areas, and rich urban areas tend to be thinner than rich suburban areas.
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Is Washington A Childless City?

Some media commentary suggests that fast-gentrifying cities such as Washington are unable to attract families. In Washington, the reality is more complex; the city's high-income neighborhoods actually gained children over the past decade.
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In Every Age....

At least one Hanukah song is easily adaptable by urbanists.
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Who Is Migrating To Cities?

Millenials really are migrating to cities in large numbers- but older age groups are merely leaving less rapidly than in the past.
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Buttons of Death

"Push buttons" designed to protect pedestrians often don't.
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(Somewhat) Complete Streets

"Complete Streets" policies are a good start, but only a start.
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Gentrification, Shmentrification

Despite media commentary about urban gentrification and the decline of suburbia, suburbs still have far less than a proportionate share of regional poverty.
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Is Turnabout Fair Play?

If American politicans and bureaucrats had favored public transit or pedestrians as aggressively as they favored cars in the 20th century, public policy would be very different indeed.

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