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Learning from Manhattan's Urban Imperfections

New York is a great city that breaks many rules of urban planning. Here's what its imperfections can teach us about city building.
November 4, 2019, 11am PST | [email protected]
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New York City
Nick Beer

Manhattan does many things right from an urban planning perspective, including a well-connected street network, extensive transit system, grand parks and civic institutions, and a dense mixture of uses.  However, in at least these six ways, the planning (and sometimes re-planning) of the city’s oldest borough has gone against the prevailing notions about how to make good cities. From extra-long blocks, to gaps in the street frontage, to the prevalence of one-way streets, we explore a few of these planning imperfections and what we can learn from them.

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Published on Friday, November 1, 2019 in Congress for the New Urbanism
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