Downtowns

December 18, 2010, 1pm PST
Earlier this week, the new American Community Survey data was released. Daniel Nairn writes that the new data show "a reversal of the 20th century story of urban decline."
SustainableCitiesCollective
December 14, 2010, 2pm PST
Motivated by factors such as municipal incentive packages and the changing preferences of younger workers, many companies are relocating to central business districts, reversing a post-war trend that based the American workplace in the suburbs.
The Wall Street Journal
August 23, 2010, 12pm PDT
The city of Richmond, Virginia, is hoping to undo years of downtown driving confusion and congestion by converting its web of one-way streets into two-way streets.
Richmond Times-Dispatch
August 12, 2010, 9am PDT
This column from <em>MinnPost</em> praises the year-old Downtown Improvement District in Minneapolis for helping to revive the city's downtown core and give people a reason to walk.
MinnPost
August 4, 2010, 9am PDT
Small and mid-sized cities in Canada are taking innovative steps to revitalize their downtowns, and lure businesses and entrepreneurs back.
The Globe and Mail
April 15, 2010, 8am PDT
<em>Landscape Architecture</em> Magazine looks at the design behind the new downtown art park in St. Louis and calls it a "hybrid oasis" in the city.
Landscape Architecture
April 14, 2010, 8am PDT
South Salt Lake is seeking to revive itself economically by creating a downtown entertainment district connected by a streetcar.
The Salt-Lake Tribune
March 16, 2010, 1pm PDT
Is density a goal unto itself? John Parman argues that a 38-story building proposed for San Francisco has little to do with walkable urbanism, and continues "a sorry tradition of case-by-case rezoning."
The Architect's Newspaper
Feature
March 15, 2010, 5am PDT

"In the early days of his development, man realized that certain members of the animal kingdom could be made useful to him." So begins a rumination by architect Victor Gruen on the process

Victor Gruen
March 7, 2010, 1pm PST
This video takes a futuristic tour of Tokyo -- through an editing technique that parallels the imagery to give the impression of weightless flight.
nait5
February 22, 2010, 8am PST
This post from <em>The Overhead Wire</em> looks at the impact of parking lot sprawl in American downtowns -- and finds a striking resemblance between those downtowns and bomb-ravaged cities from World War Two.
The Overhead Wire
October 18, 2009, 5am PDT
Maine mill town asks citizens to record their memories at downtown "Heart Spots" as part of the master planning process.
The Journal Tribune
August 4, 2009, 6am PDT
Downtowns used to serve primarily as the economic and job hub of a community, but are shifting to be more focused on providing a entertainment center and civic forum.
New Geography
Blog post
July 7, 2009, 8am PDT

I knew it was going to be a madhouse in downtown L.A. for Michael Jacksons memorial service, but I had to go see what it was like for the urban novelty of a huge swath of downtown closed off for thousands of fans and mourners.

Nate Berg
May 27, 2009, 1pm PDT
Only 17% of shoppers in downtown San Francisco drove to get there, according to a new survey conducted by The San Francisco County Transportation Authority.
Streetsblog SF
May 22, 2009, 11am PDT
MSNBC looks at the demographic and cultural shift away from suburbs and towards downtown.
MSNBC
Blog post
May 4, 2009, 9am PDT

I missed the APA national conference for the first time in 15 years -- but I quickly heard reports that one of the hot topics focused on banning electronic message boards.  I dissent.

What would Times Square be without the colorful, multi-message, oft-changing signs?  Would Las Vegas have become the tourist definition that it has without the colorful signs?  I am not a huge fan of Las Vegas, but I certainly think it has the right to define itself as it wishes.  

Eric Damian Kelly
April 8, 2009, 10am PDT
Recent research from the Brookings Institution looks at 98 metropolitan areas and finds that fewer people are working close to downtowns, and there are fewer jobs located in those areas.
The Brookings Institution
February 13, 2009, 9am PST
Downtowns can be designed to both reduce driving and boost the economy. But they're still going to need parking, according to urban designers George Crandall and Don Arambula.
Smart City
February 10, 2009, 6am PST
Amid tough economic times, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman is pushing a broad redevelopment plan in the city's outdated downtown.
The New York Times