September 24, 2009, 8am PDT
Fred Kent of the Project for Public Spaces was recently entangled in a dispute with architect Frank Gehry over the impact of iconic architecture in cities. Though Gehry's work has its moments, Kent says city emphasis on icons is a mistake.
The Project for Public Spaces
September 9, 2009, 8am PDT
Formerly thought to be recession-proof, the tourist mecca of Las Vegas is taking a hard hit during the current economic recession.
August 2, 2009, 5am PDT
This episode of <em>Smart City</em> examines some new thinking in the realm of city tourism, focusing providing visitors more authentic experiences.
June 24, 2009, 9am PDT
In this article from <em>Next American City</em>, Josh Stephens looks at the role convention centers play in cities, the high hopes cities have for them, and the often poor returns they offer.
April 20, 2009, 9am PDT
With new rules that are going to push it closer to Las Vegas-style gambling, the small Colorado casino town of Blackhawk is getting ready to handle the new crowds as it becomes more of a draw.
April 10, 2009, 11am PDT
A major retail and tourist project in Las Vegas -- what some are calling the largest project in the world -- is stumbling amid the recession. Its developers and the city are unsure of its future.
April 6, 2009, 7am PDT
The Chicago Tribune formed its own panel of international judges -- made up of tourists -- to tour and evaluate the city's proposed venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
March 24, 2009, 8am PDT
A magnetic levitation train link between Anaheim and Las Vegas has been on the table for 30 years. Now could be the time the project finally gets enough traction to go from idea to reality.
March 18, 2009, 10am PDT
Taking a hint from heightened interest in Brazil's <em>favelas</em>, a German developer plans to build 10 villas in a Rio de Janeiro slum, which he'll market as the new tourist hotspot.
International Herald Tribune
February 28, 2009, 7am PST
This piece ponders whether slum tourism in places like Dharavi and the favelas of Brazil is a valid form of cultural exchange or merely voyeuristic exploitation?
National Geographic Traveler
January 29, 2009, 6am PST
The rock after which Little Rock, AR is named will be excavated to cap off the revitalization of the city's riverfront. No one knows how much of the rock, estimated to be 300 million years old, is left, which raises the question: Is it worth it?
January 15, 2009, 2pm PST
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has released their annual dozen 'distinctive destinations', vacation spots that rank high in authenticity, beauty, and of course, preservation. Franklin, Tennessee is one of the lesser-known locales.
January 4, 2009, 9am PST
In an effort to draw more tourists to their ancient temples, officials in the Chinese town of Guandu has contracted tourism-savvy Shaolin monks to take over operation of the temples.
October 10, 2008, 2pm PDT
A stray cat born and raised at a Japanese train station has been named its official stationmaster -- and become a tourist attraction that's successfully boosted the local economy by more than $10 million.
September 13, 2008, 1pm PDT
The Cambodian city of Siem Reap is a hotbed of tourist activity -- and of tacky hotels. Many say this sprawl of hotels is a major problem in the city, but new designs are making the city a cooler place to visit and live.
September 10, 2008, 11am PDT
Atlanta and other cities in the U.S. are fighting for a greater share of hotel taxes paid as a result of bookings through online sites.
August 19, 2008, 6am PDT
The economic boost expected from Olympics-related tourism has fallen way short of predictions in Beijing. Many business people blame the government's stringent visa-granting policies.
The Christian Science Monitor
August 7, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>The F-Market is a streetcar line in San Francisco that features restored historic streetcars. When it was built in 1995, many saw it as a novelty, but today it is so popular and crowded that it has become an inefficient means of transportation.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
April 1, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>As some baseball teams end their runs at Spring Training sites in Florida and Arizona, the two states clamor to attract teams and the economic benefits that follow.</p>
March 27, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Impressive growth of visitors from nontraditional places, including China, have now put tourism ahead of gold mining in Namibia.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor