Uncritical Exuberance

Lower Manhattan

The Death and Life of the 'Death of the City' Narrative

At the onset of the pandemic, certain media figures were quick to jump on the bandwagon of anti-urbanism. While many of the anti-urban predictions failed to come about—neither did the problems of cities disappear.

July 13, 2021 - The New York Times

Bikeshare and murals

Five Years Later, 'Smart Cities Challenge' Promise Unfulfilled

The "Smart Cities Challenge" paid Columbus, Ohio $50 million to kick start a revolution of urban technology. The revolution never arrived, according to a recent assessment by Wired writer Aarian Marshall.

July 7, 2021 - Wired

The Boring Company

Tesla's Driving Slowly in a Brightly Lit Tunnel: The Boring Co.'s Las Vegas Debut

The first big operations test for the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop is coming during a conference planned for June, but the lights have been turned on and cameras are rolling.

April 12, 2021 - Gizmodo

Port of Miami

Elon Musk Wants to Dig Tunnels in America's 'Sinkhole Capital'

Musk claims the tunnels could ease traffic and "be an example to the world," but experts caution that underground work in Miami is expensive and unpredictable.

January 26, 2021 - Curbed

Election 2020

What Biden's Win Could Mean for Land Use, Transportation, and Climate

Campaign in poetry and govern in prose, the saying goes. Now that the reality of a Biden presidency is settling in, what does it mean for how the United States plans its future?

November 10, 2020 - James Brasuell

Autonomous Vehicle

Advocates Press for Harder Questions While Pittsburgh Experiments With Self-Driving Cars

Five self-driving car companies are currently operating in Pittsburgh, without much critical rigor in asking about the consequences of the technology to the city.

July 22, 2019 - Streetsblog USA

Autonomous Vehicles

Self-Driving and Electric Vehicles, Over Promised and Under Delivered

The slow progress of autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle technology in gaining widespread traction in the transportation market is casting doubt on the ambitious statements of a few years prior.

July 17, 2019 - Fast Company

Mexico City Metro

A Transit Agency Showdown, and You Have the Power to Choose the Winner

It's a popularity contest, sure, but it's our popularity contest.

May 14, 2019 - James Brasuell

School Buses

Friday Funny: Tech Genius Realizes His Invention Has Already Been Invented

The Onion burns Elon Musk in a totally fake news story (really) about a bad day for the billionaire.

March 16, 2018 - The Onion

Hyperloop

Popping the Hyperloop Bubble

Remember to ask the hard questions when presented with silver bullets.

February 28, 2018 - Streetsblog USA

New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

International Real Estate Strategies and Deal Negotiation

Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education

Affordable Housing: Principles for Changing Domestic and Global Markets

Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education

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