History / Preservation

A new tool, released in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey and Esri, provides easy access to historical maps from all over the country, featuring a timeline to easily select maps from different eras.
2 days ago   ESRI
With foreclosures racking up, the state of Florida is entering a dark period. Despite the dire prognosis, the stat'es historic ups and downs hint that Florida may be able to come back.
Aug 19, 2009   The New York Times
Hundreds of activists, students, politicians, lawyers, developers, architects and planners swarmed Miami's City Hall on Thursday for the City Commission's first reading of Miami 21. By some estimates, nearly 80% of the the 100-plus testimonials were spoken in favor of  Miami 21, with Miami Mayor Manny Diaz kicking off the event with an 11-minute pro-Miami 21 paean. It was certainly one of the most eloquent, if not most passionate speech I have heard him deliver during his tenure. Opinion
Aug 8, 2009   By Mike Lydon
As a lifelong urbanite, I've always felt comfortable learning cities "by Braille." I put on my walking shoes and wander, making mental maps as I go. I experience serendipity, yet can generally intuit where things are likely to be – the CBD, the government center, nightlife. Opinion
Aug 8, 2009   By Lisa Feldstein
Officials in the city of Oxford, Alabama have approved the construction of a Sam's Club retail store that will use the dirt of a 1,500 year old Native American ceremonial mound as fill, arguing against reports of its historical significance.
Aug 5, 2009   Grist
Howard Husock reads two new books on Jane Jacobs, which he says reveal the unexplored significance of Jacob's activist side, opening the doors to protesting the entire activity of city planning.
Aug 3, 2009   City Journal
Summer seems to be the season to demolish old schools. There’s nothing that makes people madder than when a neighborhood school is reduced to rubble. One Portland blogger compared the wreckage of a 1920s school to Dresden. People in Beaumont, Texas, took the local school district to court to save their 87-year-old high school, and those “Greenies” are fired up on Facebook. Opinion
Aug 3, 2009   By Margaret Foster
Through the use of infrared aerial photography, the lost ancient Roman city of Altinum has been found.
Aug 3, 2009   Der Spiegel
After more than four years of public meetings, new drafts, extensive revisions, debate, and controversy, Miami 21 is finally scheduled for its first Opinion
Aug 2, 2009   By Mike Lydon
A review by John King of Anthony Flint's new book, <em>Wrestling With Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City.</em>
Jul 29, 2009   The San Francisco Chronicle
Moscow's architectural heritage is in danger, according to a new report on preservation in the city.
Jul 25, 2009   Metropolis