Neighborhoods

September 8, 2014, 12pm PDT
A timeless marker of community has emerged as a source of conflict: the lemonade stand is being called an "illegal business." Scott Doyon discusses how getting to know — and support! — your neighbor can be an issue of survival.
PlaceShakers
August 13, 2014, 6am PDT
In the same vein that Robert Putnam explored decaying community and social capital in American in his work, Bowling Alone, Brian Bethune discusses how the decay of Western communities shapes our health and political realms.
Maclean's
April 23, 2014, 6am PDT
While some contend that our communities are sculpted by an unfettered free market, there are a variety of programs and policies that underwrite the costs of poorly planned development. "A Brief History of Your Neighborhood" examines a few.
Community Builders
April 11, 2014, 11am PDT
A new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland examines a “troubling consistency” of neighborhoods—that is that over the past 30 years, the poorest neighborhoods have stayed that way.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
April 5, 2014, 1pm PDT
Meet Nextdoor, the social network based on proximity, inspired by the conclusion of Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone that neighborhood social networks make crime go down and test scores go up.
Next City
November 8, 2013, 6am PST
Tom Vanderbilt examines the word “neighborhood,” a term "frequently invoked yet seldom analyzed". He traces attempts to define, redefine, strengthen and weaken the concept in modern urbanism. Is it obsolete or more important than ever?
The Wilson Quarterly
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
February 15, 2013, 1pm PST
Looking for a stimulating way to waste some time this afternoon? A new game from the inventive software developers at Code for America will test how well you know your city - down to the neighborhood.
The Atlantic Cities
January 5, 2013, 11am PST
Adapting to extreme weather events resulting from climate change has largely taken the form of infrastructure engineering, e.g building flood doors for subways or reinforcing sand dunes, but what of 'social adaptation' for residents themselves?
The New Yorker
November 15, 2012, 2pm PST
Airbnb connects travelers from around the world to unique rentable spaces. With the recent launch of a "Neighborhoods" feature, Airbnb has the potential to redirect tourist spending to often overlooked areas.
Fast Co.Exist
January 3, 2012, 2pm PST
Projects across the country seek to definitively identify the names of city neighborhoods -- a process that's both difficult and important to local pride, according to those behind these efforts.
The Atlantic Cities
October 13, 2011, 9am PDT
Each year, the American Planning Association singles out neighborhoods that "...represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow."
American Planning Association
August 20, 2011, 9am PDT
In USA Today, Florida picks 10 neighborhoods that give a "slice of local urban life," ranging from Miami's Wynwood and Design District to Fort Worth, Texas' West 7th community.
USA Today
August 19, 2011, 5am PDT
Burning Man -- the annual arts festival and self-reliance experiment -- is more than a party in the desert. Its organizers are starting a new effort to revitalize the neighborhood around their San Francisco office.
Fast Company
August 17, 2011, 10am PDT
Government contracts are filling the pockets of contractors in the Washington D.C. area and helping to create some of the nation's wealthiest neighborhoods.
The Washington Post
August 16, 2011, 7am PDT
Neighborhood naming is fraught with confusion, misunderstandings and downright deception. Take Los Angeles, for example.
The Awl
August 10, 2011, 7am PDT
A neighborhood-based soccer league in Detroit is becoming a new community building effort in the city.
The Detroit Free Press
July 31, 2011, 11am PDT
Officials in Detroit have unveiled plans to taper off public services in certain parts of town unlikely to see their populations rebound and to focus on areas likely to recover.
The Detroit News
July 28, 2011, 2pm PDT
In a newly announced effort, different parts of Detroit will receive different levels of public services based on projections of whether or not they're expected to grow in the future.
The Christian Science Monitor
May 19, 2011, 9am PDT
The dividing lines in the cities of today are not so much about neighborhoods, but rather the relative health of those neighborhoods, according to this piece from <em>The Globe and Mail</em>.
The Globe and Mail