Boston

August 11, 2013, 7am PDT
25 years ago, the conversion of 1950's era public housing into a mixed-income community on Columbia Point in Boston provided the template for the federal government's Hope VI program. How has this seminal project withstood the test of time?
Architect
August 5, 2013, 12pm PDT
Mexico City, Melbourne, and Vancouver are just some of the cities that have struggled to get citywide bike-sharing systems off the ground due to local laws mandating the use of bike helmets. A new helmet vending machine could help break the impasse.
PSFK
July 15, 2013, 6am PDT
For the first time in more than five decades, Boston's Charles River has been deemed clean enough for a swim. The first approved community swim since the 1950s that was held on Saturday represents a milestone for the city's famous "dirty water".
Boston.com
June 26, 2013, 10am PDT
The premise behind the energy benchmarking laws found in many cities is that they will induce owners to increase the efficiency of their buildings. But a new report questions whether the investment in data collection leads to changes in energy use.
Governing
May 30, 2013, 6am PDT
The Boston Redevelopment Authority wields supreme power over the city's land use decisions, a position unique in American cities. Is it time to disband this relic of planning and development from a different era?
Boston Magazine
May 20, 2013, 6am PDT
In the quest to improve efficiency and effectiveness, "smart" technologies are helping cities become more intelligent machines. But a growing chorus fears the side effects of increased privatization, surveillance, and technological sophistication.
The Boston Globe
April 5, 2013, 2pm PDT
Ever wonder what downtown Boston looked like on the eve of the Civil War? This photograph taken from a hot air balloon by James Wallace Black is thought to be the oldest aerial photo still in existence. Google Earth eat your heart out.
Smithsonian
March 29, 2013, 2pm PDT
Where would our weekly look at the humorous side of planning be without The Onion? Earlier this month, the newspaper set their satirical gaze on quaint Boston's daily "role-playing adventure" as a major American metropolis.
The Onion
March 29, 2013, 5am PDT
With longtime Boston mayor Thomas Menino's announcement that he will not seek re-election, Paul McMorrow assesses the five-term mayor's impact on the shape of the city.
The Boston Globe
March 12, 2013, 1pm PDT
The construction cranes dotting South Boston's waterfront are just one sign of the city's booming real estate market. Vibrant industries seeking to lure young professionals to downtown workplaces are helping to drive development.
Bloomberg
March 9, 2013, 11am PST
The semi-finalists competing to design an iconic ‘street seat’ for Boston's growing Innovation District have given "the city a glimpse of what the often-overlooked park bench could be when reconsidered through sustainable, beautiful design."
The Atlantic Cities
February 25, 2013, 1pm PST
Governor Deval Patrick is set to unveil a key piece of his multi-billion dollar plan for reinvigorating Massachusetts' beleaguered transportation system: an $850 million expansion of congested South Station. Martine Powers describes the project.
The Boston Globe
February 21, 2013, 12pm PST
Transportation costs disproportionately effect low-income families, while federal transportation spending biases affluent drivers over lower-income mass transit riders. Activists are utilizing civil rights legislation to challenge the status quo.
Boston Review
February 15, 2013, 5am PST
Anyone with an Internet connection can tell you when a city was founded. But after the trauma of urban renewal and suburban flight, how much historic fabric remains? Wendell Cox ranks metropolitan areas by their shares of pre-World War II homes.
New Geography
Blog post
December 30, 2012, 2pm PST
From guerrilla wayfinding to future-tising, these are my top five, perhaps lesser known, highlights of a banner year for Tactical Urbanism.
Mike Lydon
December 17, 2012, 7am PST
Max Nisen discusses how cities like Boston and Edmonton are successfully applying popular trends from the private sector - on topics such as mobility, engagement, big data and innovation - and changing the way we live.
Business Insider
December 15, 2012, 9am PST
Boston City Hall is taking its show on the road. Its new food-truck-inspired 'City Hall To Go' is bringing government to the people.
The Architect's Newspaper Blog
December 13, 2012, 11am PST
Following Boston's visionary lead, this week Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter formally created the city's Office of New Urban Mechanics, "a civic innovation tool for urban transformation.”
Government Technology
December 13, 2012, 6am PST
Boston has seen an increase of new construction over the past few years, mostly concentrated along the waterfront and its "Innovation District." The Architect's Newspaper has compiled a list of the most high-profile developments in the city.
The Architect's Newspaper
December 3, 2012, 12pm PST
For those of you who've been anxiously waiting since Boyd Cohen published his list of Europe's smartest cities last month...wait no longer, North America's top 10 smartest cities have been revealed.
Fast Company Co.Exist