Community

Connectivity may form the bedrock of what we call "resilience" but we're just not all that neighborly these days. Can we become more competitive and lasting by restitching our threadbare community fabric?
5 days ago   PlaceShakers
With the increasing popularity of online shopping, many shopping centers are losing retailers left and right. More unusual tenants are filling in the gaps, like gun ranges and bounce houses.
Oct 27, 2011   The Wall Street Journal
In this food-focused installment of a series on "great places", <em>Grist</em>'s Tom Philpott argues that food system as currently structured creates the opposite of great places.
Jun 4, 2011   Grist
A vocal and dedicated contingent of residents have successfully rallied to halt plans to expand a highway in metropolitan Vancouver.
May 25, 2011   Straight
In comparing the legacies of artist Andy Warhol and urban thinker Jane Jacobs, this essay suggests that the sort of urban community we think of today is more a result of Warhol.
May 6, 2011   Places
Scott Doyon laments his growing knowledge of what makes great places because of how overly aware it makes him of bad planning and design.
Apr 5, 2011   PlaceShakers
Appreciation of diversity, social offerings, and aesthetics trump jobs, economy, and safety according to a new survey by Gallup/Knight.
Nov 16, 2010   John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Looking back on five years of recovery in post-Katrina New Orleans, Roberta Brandes Gratz bemoans the fact that much of the community-based work remains below the radar.
Sep 30, 2010   The New York Times
Locals in Walnut Creek are up in arms over a proposed In-N-Out Burger. Columnist Tom Barnidge says that while "provincialism often is the catalyst for complaint," there is reason to protest in this case.
Sep 20, 2010   Contra Costa Times
In Portland, patterns of urban use are emerging that are similar to the European-style neighborhood bar as a community gathering place.
Aug 30, 2010   EnzymePDX.com
I have to admit, listening to Peter Lovenheim talk about his book "In the Neighborhood, The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time", spiked my planner's radar. In his novel, the journalist, quite intentionally, well, the title is self-explanatory isn't it? Blog Post
Jun 3, 2010   By Melissa Hege