History / Preservation

Adam Rogers chronicles Los Angeles' long and intimate relationship with the electric light. The city's recent choice to adopt LED streetlights has transformed a classic nighttime into something new.
5 days ago   BOOM: A Journal of California
Virgil Bogue's 1911 Plan of Seattle called for a centrally-planned metropolis with efficient transit, parks, and a cap on building height. It was voted down, but remains an interesting study on planning for the long term.
Aug 29, 2015   SeattlePI
A city famous for reinventing by any means necessary is looking to preserve some of its history.
Aug 12, 2015   Las Vegas Sun
Partly absorbed by 1-10 and party given over the ravages of time—the Old Spanish Trail was the first to highway to connect the East Coast to the West Coast through the southern states.
Aug 9, 2015   Atlas Obscura
If you opened Google to do a search on Wednesday, you'd see an image (the "doodle") of a traffic light and six Model-T era cars spelling out the company's name. It was honoring the 101-year anniversary of the birth of the electric traffic light.
Aug 7, 2015   Time
Blog Post
In an excellent blog post, Reuben Duarte explained that many big-city zoning disputes involve a conflict of visions: a "preservation camp" favors preserving neighborhood character at all costs, while an "affordability camp" favors construction of Blog Post
Aug 5, 2015   By Michael Lewyn
A data visualization project illustrates the long and varied traditions of American single-family housing.
Aug 4, 2015   The Washington Post
Paterson, New Jersey's diverse immigrant population holds the potential to revive the city's declining economy. Writer Jeff Byles documents key resources the city has and how similar postindustrial cities have harnessed community-driven planning.
Aug 3, 2015   Doggerel
Motor vehicle crashes claim over 30,000 lives per year, with related costs in the hundreds of billions. While we sometimes view that frightening statistic as inevitable, there are reasons to reexamine speed limits and how we set them.
Aug 2, 2015   Five Thirty Eight
Local officials are considering a conservancy to preserve the Houston Astrodome, considered an antiquities landmark by the Texas Historical Commission.
Aug 1, 2015   Houston Chronicle
Hazel Borys chronicles an Arctic expedition adventure, rife with environmental insights. If you ever wondered what it felt like in the olden days to receive dispatches from explorers off in distant mysterious lands, maybe it felt something like this.
Jul 31, 2015   PlaceShakers