Public Space

San Francisco Parklet

San Francisco Supervisors Vote to Keep Parklets, Close Them at Night

The pandemic-era outdoor seating arrangements can stay, but a last-minute amendment lets business owners close them overnight.

July 21, 2021 - San Francisco Chronicle

Waterplace Park

Providence Plans Ambitious Public Space Makeover

Take a virtual tour of the new public spaces proposed in the Providence Unified Vision Plan.

July 21, 2021 - The Architect's Newspaper

beach Parking

The Inequities of Beach Access

Over 80% of Californians live within an hour’s drive of a beach, but that does not mean that everyone has easy access to beaches.

July 15, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

Al Fresco Streets

'Open Streets' Have an Accessibility Problem

The rush to utilize sidewalk space for outdoor seating and parklets has created new obstacles for people with disabilities.

July 2, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Long Beach, California aerial shot

Long Beach Gated Community Must Provide Public Access

The development never fulfilled its mandate to build a public walkway through its property. Now, the Coastal Commission wants it to open its gates.

July 1, 2021 - Long Beach Post

An empty pedestrian plaza is shown in front of Philadelphia City Hall.

'Penn Center Transit Gateway' Planned Near Philly's City Hall

Public realm and urban design improvements are planned for a "languishing" pedestrian mall located near Philadelphia's City Hall.

June 25, 2021 - WHYY

Washington Square Park, New York City

Manhattan Residents Cling to Public Space Amid NYPD Crackdowns

The city's police has begun issuing citations and implementing curfews in public parks that became oases of social activity during the pandemic.

June 16, 2021 - Gothamist

New York City Restaurant

Car-Free Streets Benefit Restaurants, Yelp Survey Shows

Restaurants in areas designated as "slow streets" during the pandemic saw a boost in consumer interest.

May 21, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Cincinnati Area

Major Waterfront Improvements Completing Construction South of Cincinnati

Developer Southbank Partners is putting the finishing touches on the second phase of the Riverfront Commons in Covington, Kentucky.

May 11, 2021 - WCPO

Seine

The Pitfalls of the 15-Minute City

The concept, touted as "hyper-local," can fail to take into account local conditions and historical inequities in American cities.

March 8, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

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