Public Space

November 6, 2018, 7am PST
In his new book Palaces for the People, sociologist Eric Klinenberg explores the places—from libraries and schools to cafes and churches—where cities' social lives take place. It's a compelling idea but one that Klinenberg discusses clumsily.
California Planning & Development Report
October 9, 2018, 5am PDT
Former chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat wants to transform three failing golf courses into free public spaces.
The Toronto Star
July 14, 2018, 9am PDT
With so much attention devoted to how technology will change roadways and vehicles, less speculation has attended to the ways technology will change walking.
Foreground
April 23, 2018, 12pm PDT
Battles for inclusion and exclusion in the life of the city more often end in stand-offs than in skirmishes.
Urban Omnibus
March 31, 2018, 11am PDT
Where can teenagers hang out and be safe in public? Members of Yes Loitering, advocates for public spaces where youth can “hang out and be themselves” without fear of reprisal.
Urban Omnibus
March 21, 2018, 5am PDT
More uses and modes than ever are fighting for curb space in growing cities. Here's an app to make sense of what you can do, and when, along this valued real estate.
The Verge
November 7, 2017, 5am PST
The Gehl Institute, working with several public sector partners, has released an open source "Public Life Data Protocol."
Gehl Institute
October 12, 2017, 10am PDT
What moves us about great public space is its ability to convene community. To provide an accessible place of solace and celebration. It’s not about the buildings, or even the streets. It’s about the experience. Susan Henderson on Savannah's squares.
PlaceShakers
August 31, 2017, 11am PDT
The number of dog parks in the United States has almost doubled since 2007. Some worry these spaces are not welcoming or could signal gentrification.
The Washington Post
August 31, 2017, 6am PDT
The Milwaukee RiverWalk is already pretty great, but there's still work than can be done.
Urban Milwaukee
August 25, 2017, 8am PDT
In the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville, resulting from the gathering of white supremacists and neo-Nazis, American cities are rethinking whether statues honoring the heroes of the Confederacy belong in public spaces.
Vox
August 18, 2017, 7am PDT
Public spaces are full of monuments to a rebellion fought to maintain slavery.
Quartz
August 15, 2017, 1pm PDT
A think-piece published by CityLab argues that public space, and the ideals it embodies, are under threat from the racist groups that gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend.
CityLab
August 15, 2017, 6am PDT
A day of reckoning has come for state lawmakers who proposed protections for motorists who attack protestors from behind the wheels of their car. A tragedy at protests in Charlotte has cast new light on the dangerous potential of such laws.
The Dallas Morning News
Blog post
July 20, 2017, 7am PDT
Since its inauguration in 1975, San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza has not served its intended purpose.
Linda Day
April 21, 2017, 2pm PDT
Chicago Cubs fans looking to bask in the glory of the team's first World Series victory since 1908 will find a new public plaza and lawn next to the stadium. The plaza will be open to the public on non-baseball days too.
Chi.Streetsblog
April 21, 2017, 8am PDT
The city of Bangkok, Thailand, is famous for its cheap and flavorful street food. City leaders, however, have decided that the city would be less appealing without street vendors.
The Nation (Thailand)
April 18, 2017, 12pm PDT
Closing today: one of the most popular hiking trails in the Hollywood Hills, another case of the antipathy between public access and private property.
KPCC
March 30, 2017, 2pm PDT
The American Society of Landscape Architects this week announced a list of green infrastructure priorities, full of specifics, without mentioning the Trump Administration.
ASLA The Dirt
January 29, 2017, 7am PST
The state of Oregon will consider legislation that would raise $2.17 million a year by implementing a fee on non-motorized users of public waterways.
Mail Tribune