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Suburban Sidewalk

Suburbs Still Have an Advantage Over Cities, Study Shows

Suburban neighborhoods are faring better than neighborhoods in cities when it comes to a range of economic status indicators.

March 24, 2019 - CityLab

Highway Interchange

Obesity Tied to Suburban Life

London-based study ties obesity to sprawl and finds that suburbs have a bigger obesity problem than rural areas.

October 15, 2017 - CityLab


Startup Allows People To Invest In Affordable Housing

New tool empowers neighbors to invest in their forgotten neighborhoods, and create wealth while doing so.

October 11, 2017 - Modern Cities

Family Parking

The Next Baby Boom: Urban Millennials with Children

Affordable urban living for millennial families with children has the potential to become one of the largest market demands in the near future.

June 12, 2017 - Modern Cities

The Rise, Fall, and Possible Rebith Of Orlando's Parramore Neighborhood

Parramore, an African American community in Orlando, has been almost erased from history.

April 4, 2017 - Modern Cities

Taco Bell

Taco Bell Making a Run for the Urban Border

Popular millennial-focused chain plans to open up to 200 locations of a new urban-focused concept serving craft beer and fresh, upscale food.

March 10, 2017 - Modern Cities

Los Angeles in 1939, as determined by the  Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC).

Revealed: Inequality And Urban Flight Were Products Of The Federal Government.

If you believe sprawl just magically happened, here's something that visually suggests otherwise.

November 19, 2016 - Modern Cities

MacArthur Park

Why Some BIDs Succeed Where Others Fail

An in-depth study of business improvement districts (BIDs) in two Los Angeles neighborhoods examines the factors behind their success or failure.

October 23, 2015 - Next City

Renters Are Not the Problem

A few weeks ago, Alan Mallach asked the question, "do urban neighborhoods need homeowners?" Tony Roshan Samara challenges his answer.

December 23, 2014 - Rooflines

facades of victorian style residences in San Francisco

Do Urban Neighborhoods Need Homeowners?

Alan Mallach describes the decline of and need for homeownership in urban neighborhoods.

December 2, 2014 - Shelterforce/Rooflines

Urbanism Without Effort

Chuck Wolfe says that urbanism that can readily occur in urban neighborhoods "without really trying" as people naturally come together in impromptu ways.

September 12, 2011 - myurbanist

Fusion Businesses as Indicators of Urban Change

Chuck Wolfe explains how the fusion of laundromats and dining are evidence of the evolving city and the ongoing need for regulatory reform.

July 17, 2011 - Sustainable Cities Collective

The Importance of Corners

Chuck Wolfe focuses on the role of the urban corner, terming it "the central place of urban life".

June 13, 2011 - The Huffington Post

Shrinking Cities Means Shuttered Churches

The Archdiocese of Detroit is working with city planners and local demographers as they develop their plans for Catholic parish closures.

December 22, 2010 - The Detroit News

What's In A Neighborhood's Name?

Officials in Los Angeles have renamed the former "South Central" to remove the stigma of riots in the 1990's. But some business owners and residents say that's had a greater negative consequence than keeping the old name would have.

July 9, 2008 - The Los Angeles Times

What Makes A Neighborhood Historic?

Older districts are often marked by high property values and traditional architecture, but it's not just aesthetics and history that define them. Some historic neighborhoods have gone through vast changes, while others don't appear "historic" at all.

July 1, 2008 - Forbes

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