January 28, 2014, 12pm PST
Climate controlled public places where the elderly, cost-conscious and indigent are welcome to spend a few hours are hard to find. Tensions have erupted at McDonald’s restaurants in NYC between customers seeking a refuge and business interests.
December 16, 2013, 11am PST
Technology companies are increasing their presence in cities, adopting the language of planners, and seeking to create communities. Yet, according to Allison Arieff, the sector does a uniformly poor job of contributing to urban vitality.
April 4, 2013, 8am PDT
For far too long, the shaping of public spaces has been left to architects and urban planners, who plan from the top down. The most successful projects involve people directly in deciding how their public spaces will look, feel, and operate.
August 25, 2011, 10am PDT
Urbanist Peter Kageyama's new book suggests that the "loveability" of a city as a factor in its success is greatly underappreciated. Mike Lydon has this review.
July 25, 2011, 6am PDT
Amid the dissolution of Borders bookstores in urban centers, Chuck Wolfe urges policymakers and the private market to assure "no let loss" in the spirit of natural resource protection to assure third places remain available in American cities.
Sustainable Cities Collective
April 19, 2011, 11am PDT
Malcolm Gladwell and others attest to the effectiveness of working in restaurants, coffee shops and bars, and why it works.
April 23, 2010, 9am PDT
A humble passageway through a building to a parking lot became a favorite public space with just a deli, a Starbucks, and some patio tables.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
April 18, 2010, 9am PDT
Supermarkets of the future may become the center of neighborhood life, predicts planner Mark Hinshaw.
September 25, 2009, 1pm PDT
Can Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace replace the neighborhood bar, cafe, or hangout? Mary Newsom says no.