History / Preservation

May 14, 2015, 9am PDT
The Northwestern Pacific RR served Marin and Sonoma counties and the North Coast in the 1890s. The route of the new SMART train, while not as long, will run in the same right-of-way, starting next year. One new train was on display in San Rafael.
Marin Independent Journal
May 12, 2015, 2pm PDT
Yes, there was a conspiracy led by General Motors to replace streetcars with their buses in the 1930s. But streetcars were dying well before then, due to competition with the automobile and other reasons apart from nefarious corporate collusions.
Vox
April 24, 2015, 2pm PDT
A new exhibit at MoMA celebrates the "fitfully idealistic" architecture of Latin America, 1955 through 1980. Broad in scope, the exhibition ranges from Brasília's bold utopianism to the community-focused tactics of Bo Bardi.
The Economist
April 24, 2015, 9am PDT
Big questions remain about how Dallas will address preservation controversies in the future. Meanwhile the past hangs in the balance.
The Dallas Morning News
April 23, 2015, 9am PDT
Concerns about out-of-character construction, much of it oversized, has led the Los Angeles City Council to prohibit construction of additional 'McMansions.' In some areas, all new development will be held up for two years.
Los Angeles Daily News
April 22, 2015, 9am PDT
In the quest for density and infill, preservationists often stand beside those who want static cities. But both preservation and density can be ideologies, and thoughtful land use demands a nuanced middle ground.
MinnPost
April 17, 2015, 12pm PDT
In the wealthy community of Spring Valley, just inside the western boundaries of the District of Columbia, residents are opposing a proposed development by claiming the site—a parking lot—is a historic landmark.
Washington City Paper
April 14, 2015, 12pm PDT
Downtown gentrification threatens to displace skilled artisans in a district where workshops go back five generations. Some of the jewelers own their premises, but the rewards for building pricey condos are tempting.
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 11, 2015, 11am PDT
In a complex saga involving the MTA, an 88-year-old tower, and a planned 77-story apartment behemoth, affordable housing may be first to fall by the wayside.
New York Times
April 8, 2015, 1pm PDT
Urban city centers have been decaying for years in Latin America, however, with renewed interest by Latin American governments, these city cores are once again being revitalized. Arup Connect spoke with urban design leader Pablo Lazo to learn how.
Arup Connect
April 3, 2015, 12pm PDT
Lamenting the gutting of historic buildings and leaving them a shell of their former selves.
Crosscut
March 31, 2015, 6am PDT
Once the subway's pride, R-32 'Brightliner' trains that operate on the C line will soon disappear from service. Mid-century promo videos notwithstanding, the line's rolling stock was in dire need of an update.
WNYC: Transportation Nation
March 27, 2015, 9am PDT
Chuck Wolfe champions urban observation, emphasizing "ghosts" that are important to the authenticity of today's urban change, like oral histories among indigenous peoples passing on cultural traditions from one generation to the next.
The Huffington Post
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
March 11, 2015, 7am PDT
Confirmed: Los Angeles really does have a rich history. HistoricPlacesLA, a new online database, provides detailed information on the city's historic sites.
CityLab
Blog post
March 9, 2015, 12pm PDT
A new scholarly paper argues that ancient and modern cities can be usefully analyzed in a comparative perspective. But what you do with the comps depends on how much you value similarities versus differences in urban form.
Dean Saitta
March 7, 2015, 11am PST
Caeser Augustus famously boasted "I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble." An architectural historian and urban designer at UCLA now has the model to prove the veracity of the claim.
UCLA Newsroom
March 5, 2015, 8am PST
Be a citizen, not just a consumer.
PlaceShakers
March 5, 2015, 5am PST
Could it be that places for the dead might be a new source of urban innovation? Austin provides an example of new thinking regarding urban resting places.
Next City
March 1, 2015, 9am PST
Scientists from the Santa Fe Institute have discovered basic patterns underlying the way cities have always grown. The mechanics of "urban scaling" may have something fundamental to tell us about how large settlements evolve.
Christian Science Monitor