History / Preservation

May 4, 2016, 2pm PDT
A timely piece in The Guardian's City series looks at the demise of streetcars in Los Angeles, beginning with the Great American Streetcar Conspiracy. If only it was that simple.
The Guardian Cities
May 4, 2016, 5am PDT
Today would have been Jane Jacobs's 100th birthday. Here are a few recommended reads to help commemorate the occasion.
Strong Towns
May 3, 2016, 1pm PDT
San Francisco is starting a program to recognize and protect long-standing local businesses based on their community value, not architectural significance.
New York Daily News
April 29, 2016, 5am PDT
Historic London collects panoramic views of modern London streets with historic photos transposed over them. Most of the views date from the first two decades of the 20th century.
Historic London
April 28, 2016, 10am PDT
The 40-year-old system, second busiest in the nation after New York's, has seen ridership decline since 2010 as the region grows. A major cause is "frequency delays." The Washington Post reporters state that the subway has entered a death spiral.
The Washington Post
April 28, 2016, 6am PDT
Facadism is a critical concept for evaluating projects that rehabilitate, renovate, or redevelop historic structures—but it's often considered too esoteric for conversation. It's time we all got on the same page.
San Francisco Chronicle
April 27, 2016, 12pm PDT
Beginning with the first U.S. planned urban development, St. Augustine, Fla., and ending with one of Portland's newest neighborhoods, the Pearl District, host Geoffrey Baer takes us through ten developments that left their mark, for better or worse.
PBS
April 22, 2016, 8am PDT
A new report examines how high rents are shuttering businesses and stunting entrepreneurship, exploring six strategies used by cities to create an affordable built environment, where local businesses can thrive.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Feature
April 7, 2016, 2pm PDT
Chloe E. Taft explores the transition of Bethlehem, Pa., from Rust Belt company town to gambling mecca.
Josh Stephens
April 7, 2016, 6am PDT
Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne and leading New Urbanist planner Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk squared off in a debate about the future of Baltimore.
ASLA The Dirt
April 5, 2016, 10am PDT
A new zoning law in Toronto could enable its hundreds of suburban tower developments to become vibrant and active communities.
Doggerel
April 3, 2016, 9am PDT
The recent thaw in U.S. relations with Cuba, as well as President Obama's visit last month, have spurred conversations about Havana's future. Its public spaces are worn, but they're busy and well-designed.
Project For Public Spaces
March 28, 2016, 1pm PDT
Academic institutions can play a major role in enriching the communities they operate in. Amy Deines, interim dean of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University in Detroit, discusses the city and school's trajectory.
Doggerel
March 25, 2016, 1pm PDT
The Guardian Cities details how the Kaogong Ji brought an ancient order to the sprawling city of Beijing.
The Guardian Cities
March 24, 2016, 1pm PDT
Caught between the end of the space shuttle and the potential rise of private sector spaceflight, Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center present a unique land use challenge.
CityLab
March 23, 2016, 12pm PDT
After 34 years the Municipality of Anchorage is updating its land use plan map, a companion piece to its comprehensive plan adopted in 2001. The land use plan map sets the stage for future growth and development in this Northern City of 301,000.
Alaska Public Media
March 22, 2016, 5am PDT
As Berlin's neighborhoods continue to gentrify, the buildings that once housed the city's bustling underground club culture are being redeveloped.
Citymetric
March 14, 2016, 2pm PDT
The MBTA is considering the future of a unique service: the Mattapan high-speed trolley line. Upkeep costs are high, but replacing the track with buses might be a shortsighted move.
The Boston Globe
March 7, 2016, 10am PST
In a rebuttal to criticisms leveled at historic preservation districts, Stephanie Meeks of the National Trust for Historic Preservation argues that historic preservation has value and can aid in creating affordable housing.
CityLab
Blog post
February 26, 2016, 5am PST
Architects will soon be hired to design Obama's presidential library in Chicago. It may turn out to be a beautiful building, but will it be worth all that is lost in the process?
Mark Hough