Branden Klayko

In Memoriam: Branden Klayko, 'Broken Sidewalk' Blogger

The tributes to Branden Klayko, one of the hardest working and influential writers on the subjects of urbanism, have been steady and heartfelt.

June 22, 2017 - The Architect's Newspaper

Pedestrian Overpass

What's Wrong With Removing Sidewalks in the Name of Pedestrian Safety?

Broken Sidewalk analyzes an example of the kind of street design decisions continuing to encroach on pedestrian infrastructure around the country. The case study: Ninth Street in Louisville.

December 23, 2015 - Broken Sidewalk

How a Historic Business Will Anchor a New Cultural District in Louisville

A historic corner of Louisville is getting a makeover as a cultural district for the 21st century. The $28 million already has preliminary approval for $7.2 million state tourism tax credits.

December 20, 2015 - The Architect's Newspaper

$500 Million in TIGER Grants Awarded to 39 Projects

The seventh round of TIGER funding was announced last week. Louisville provides a case study of how cities engage with the competitive grant process.

November 2, 2015 - U.S. Department Of Transportation

Sprawl Connected to Traffic Fatalities in Louisville

A Louisville case study of the findings and recommendations of the World Resource Institute's "Cities Safer By Design" report.

September 10, 2015 - Broken Sidewalk

Waterfront Botanical Gardens in the Works for a Derelict Corner of Louisville

A historic neighborhood lost in a flood, covered by a dump, then reclaimed by nature will become the Waterfront Botanical Gardens under terms of a recent land deal.

June 4, 2015 - Broken Sidewalk

A Bikeshare First in Birmingham, Alabama: E-Bikes

Electric-assist bikes, sometimes called e-bikes, are about to be added to the bikeshare mix in a city that might surprise you: Birmingham, Alabama.

April 27, 2015 -

NYC's Street Design Revolution in 25 Images

The transformation in the way New York's streets are designed, used and conceived is one of the most visible legacies of the Bloomberg administration. Branden Klayko assembles before and after images of 25 of the city's transformative road diets.

January 31, 2014 - The Architect's Newspaper Blog

Can a New Streetscape Help Heal Syracuse's Low-Income Near Westside?

The winners of a competition to rethink the streetscape along 5 blocks of Syracuse's Near Westside hope to "get people out on their feet" and improve public health in the historically low-income neighborhood.

May 17, 2013 - The Architect's Newspaper

Bush Stadium Indianapolis

Holy Cow! Indy Ballpark Transformed by Unique Adaptive Re-Use Project

The conversion of an historic art deco baseball stadium in Indianapolis into loft apartments is one of the most inventive adaptive re-use projects we've ever seen.

March 26, 2013 - The Architect's Newspaper

Outlandish Incinerator/Ski Slope Breaks Ground in Denmark

That wild "mountain-slash-ski-slope-slash-waste-to-energy-power-plant" project proposed by "it" architecture firm BIG that everyone thought was dead has broken ground in Copenhagen, reports Branden Klayko.

March 8, 2013 - The Architect's Newspaper Blog

Hudson Yards Construction Ballet Begins

Last week saw the second major groundbreaking on the west side of midtown Manhattan in the last two months, as the $4.5 billion "Manhattan West" project’s first phase officially began.

January 23, 2013 - A/N Blog

NYC Unveils Plans for Cleaning Up One of Its Most Polluted Waterways

The EPA has released plans for how it intends to clean up Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal Superfund site. Branden Klayko reports on the $500 million, two pronged approach.

January 18, 2013 - The Architect's Newspaper

Lexington Looks Underground to Guide Downtown Redevelopment

Town Branch Creek was once the lifeblood of Lexington, Kentucky. Now, more than a century after it was rerouted and buried, city leaders want to resurrect the historic waterway as the focal point of downtown redevelopment.

January 15, 2013 - The Architect's Newspaper

Website Catalogs NYC's Forgotten Public Spaces

As part of an endeavor to improve access to New York's 525 Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS), which gained notoriety during last year's Occupy Wall Street protests, a new website has been launched to help the public find and utilize them.

October 23, 2012 - The Architect's Newspaper

Power Play Imperils Preservation in Louisville

A contentious new ordinance gives Louisville's Metro Council final say in the city's landmarks decisions. Some are blaming a recent preservation victory for spurring what could be a major setback for historic preservation in Derby City.

September 11, 2012 - The Architect's Newspaper

Finding Mayor Bloomberg's Fingerprints on a Transformed New York

As the end of the Bloomberg Era in New York draws to a close, The Architect's Newspaper goes agency by agency exploring how the Mayor has steered the forces of NYC real estate to meet goals for a cleaner, greener, and more equitable city.

August 26, 2012 - The Architect's Newspaper

The Hands-On Urbanism Movement

Mike Lydon discusses "tactical urbanism," a DIY approach to planning that is sweeping the nation, and explains how communities are making lasting impacts at the grassroots level.

June 23, 2012 - The Architect's Newspaper

NYC Bike Share Gets a Sponsor, a Name, and a Price

Announced on Monday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYCDOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, America's largest bike share program will be named Citibike, for its lead sponsor Citibank, reports Branden Klayko.

May 8, 2012 - The Architect's Newspaper Blog

Redesigning Bureaucracy

Branden Klayko reports on experimental efforts in the emerging field of service design, which aims to improve interactions between public services and their customers through research, advocacy, and technical assistance.

February 14, 2012 - The Architect's Newspaper

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