Community Identity

March 27, 2015, 6am PDT
Plagued by supermarket chains and natural disasters, the public markets of New Orleans could help revive community identity. Here are some of the ways they're getting back in business.
Next City
December 18, 2012, 9am PST
"Detroit is the Paris of the Widwest", "Oakland is the Newark of the West Coast", "Chattanooga is the Cleveland of the Southeast" - a new website uses a navigable map of the world to catalog the many "X is the Y of Z" analogies found on Twitter.
The Atlantic Cities
June 18, 2012, 5am PDT
For a city known for its storied history, but whose burgeoning creative culture has gone less noticed, a recent branding campaign was charged with the challenge of merging both identities.
Fast Company
November 30, 2010, 12pm PST
A new study shows that three qualities - social offerings, openness, and beauty - strengthen residents' level of community attachment more than other urban variables, and that passion for place may be a leading indicator of local economic growth.
New Urban Network
Blog post
August 11, 2009, 11pm PDT

Every real estate developer and urban planner knows that Portland, Oregon rocks.

It is probably our best civic example in the United States of defining a comprehensive growth strategy for its citizens and staying true to the vision.  The result is an authentic, creative, smart, home grown, artsy, sustainable, eco-friendly, colorful, self sufficient, vibrant, athletic, outdoorsy, walking, biking, multi-generational and experimental lifestyle downtown community where buildings, transit, waterfront festivals, park blocks, fountains, theaters, bookstores, galleries, music, crafts, food, wine, beer, coffee and people all blend together perfectly.  It really works here. But one thing was never done properly and needs to be changed to capture this spirit – the name of the city. 

Rick Abelson
October 6, 2008, 11am PDT
Bert Sperling, who has earned recognition for his lists of "Best Places," responds to questions posed by the readers of the Freakonomics blog.
Freakonomics (Opinion) on The New York Times