Rat shaped indentation on pavement, filled with coins

Chicago Rat Hole Becomes Viral Urban Sensation

The rodent-shaped sidewalk imprint has captured hearts and imaginations on social media but has proven a headache for neighbors.

January 30, 2024 - Hyperallergic

Charles River Drainage

Sidewalks Maintenance Matches Neighborhood Affluence in Boston

Roxbury, Mattapan, and parts of Dorchester are dealing with cracked and buckled sidewalks.

March 14, 2018 - The Boston Globe

Times Square

Beacon / Bunker

Kris Graves photographs all 77 NYPD precincts from Tottenville to Edenwald, looking to these buildings—sometimes humble, sometimes imposing—for the face and footprint of law and order in the neighborhood.

March 10, 2018 - Urban Omnibus

A few feet

Because of President-elect Obama’s plans to spend billions of dollars on infrastructure, some recent discussion of smart growth has focused on proposals for huge projects, such as rebuilding America’s rail network. But walkability often depends on much smaller steps, steps that require changes in tiny increments of space.

December 27, 2008 - Michael Lewyn

Sprawl Hell and Sprawl Heck

Last Friday, I was in two different suburban environments in Atlanta. Both are sprawl by any normal definition of the term - car-oriented environments where residential streets are separated from commerce, sidewalks are rare, and densities are low. But the two places are as different as sprawl and new urbanism.

September 21, 2008 - Michael Lewyn

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