How to Build Thriving Digital Public Spaces
Much of communal life now takes place virtually in digital spaces that feel public but are not. The internet needs to be more like our public parks, libraries, and public squares.
The Resilience of Culture
Cultural institutions and heritage sites may contribute to a city’s social cohesion and attract investment.
‘Social Infrastructure’ and the Interactions That Bond Us
Richard Florida talks with sociologist Eric Klinenberg about his new book and the places and organizations that help hold society together.
Friday Eye Candy: The Nation's Most Beautiful Libraries
Never mind that old adage about judging a book by its cover: the way a library is designed makes an undeniable difference for its patrons. Here are 20 of the nation's most picturesque.
The $600 Million 'Rebuild' Program Takes Shape in Philadelphia
Neighborhood revitalization will focus on parks and libraries under a new program in Philadelphia.
Dallas Doesn't Deliver on Promised Libraries
In 2006, Dallas voters approved a bond package that promised $42 million for new libraries. Ten years later, and after $11.75 million in spending, none of the projects are close to completion.
Library Hours in New York City Show Huge Improvements
A study by the Center for Urban Future reveals library hours in New York City to have improved a great deal in recent years—while still lagging behind state and national averages.
New Philadelphia Mayor Pitching $300 Million for Parks and Libraries
Investment in public space is shaping up as a signature initiative for new Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.
Building Children Out of Our Cities
It's been said that children are the indicator species of urban health and great neighborhoods. By this measure, Oakland is in trouble.
Libraries Remain Central to Communities
A recent study by the Pew Research Center shows that despite the increasing use of tablets and e-readers, Americans still love books and still rely on libraries as a central cultural institution.
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Benton-Franklin Council of Governments (BFCOG)
This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.