Chuck Wolfe revisits five instances of how we can learn from the urbanism we already have.
Writing in The Huffington Post, Chuck Wolfe describes five instances of urban conduct—or “teaching moments”—framed by common sense, ingrained patterns, readily adapted to best practices by watchful eyes. In the remainder of the article, he describes how to capture such common sense portraits of the urban environment for later use, and why. Among his conclusions:
Inadvertence as a First Principle of Urbanism
Allow people small stages in urban settings, through spaces that shine a light on colorful moments like these.
Cities: Where Children Learn to Fly
Seattle's Volunteer Park displays how an urban open space can become a theater for display of simple, yet universal, human hopes and dreams.
Clarifying Urban Property Rights, Without Effort
In today's shareable city, some forms of property are difficult for many people to surrender to chance. A leftover holiday lawn ornament--a likely award winner in a conjectural "you can't make this stuff up" competition--restates Wolfe's argument from his book, Urbanism Without Effort, that the urbanism we already have is often the best urbanism of all.
Activating Common Sense in The City
In conclusion, Wolfe revisits traditional and interventionist forms of the "sit-able city". As he emphasizes:
There is often nothing new in common sense human endeavors, planned or otherwise. What will work going forward is, very simply, often what has worked before.
Planning for Congestion Relief
The third and final installment of Planetizen's examination of the role of the planning profession in both perpetuating and solving traffic congestion.
Minneapolis Housing Plan a Success—Not for the Reason You Think
Housing advocates praise the city’s move to eliminate single-family zoning by legalizing triplexes on single-family lots, but that isn’t why housing construction is growing.
New White House Housing Initiative Includes Zoning Reform Incentives
The Biden administration this morning released a new program of actions intended to spur housing construction around the United States.
Proposed Transit Line Would Connect Downtown Tucson to Airport
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Strip Malls as a Housing Solution
The American strip mall may be a dying breed of commercial development, but could the buildings serve a new use as sustainable housing?
Study: Most of Vancouver Is a ‘15-Minute City’
A large majority of Vancouver residents can access a grocery store in 15 minutes or less by bicycle or on foot.
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