Exploring Urban Resurgence

In a wide ranging personal journey of interest to planners and interpreters of the built and natural landscapes, Chuck Wolfe weaves the interplay of the forces behind the everyday, providing fodder for problem solving in our cities and towns.

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August 30, 2023, 10:00 AM PDT

By Charles R. Wolfe @crwolfelaw


A picture of a corner store at night.

On Sacramento Street in San Francisco. | Chuck Wolfe

In 14 essays (the most recent on a West Coast road trip), Chuck Wolfe explores change in built and natural landscapes, the role of memory, inspiration, and urban regeneration. 

The illustrated series, often using black and white photography, examines the role of placemaking, development forms and styles, histories, the role of the automobile, changing values, as summarized here:

Illustrating the transformation of spaces influenced by nature, culture, technology, and the beauty in decay, survival, and rebirth. Valuing natural resilience, historical heritage, and human adaptability across cycles of change and growth that shape our shared environments.
The series--from "Cities in Remission," (which asks about a new downtown "livability" based on enhanced security) to "Must Inspiration Inspire?" (which questions formulaic responses to reactivating downtowns)--provides a baseline to think about when working on post-pandemic urban solutions in the months ahead.
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