Historical Trends

September 28, 2016, 11am PDT
Japanese cities and citizens look to Portland for inspiration.
The Economist
Blog post
March 9, 2015, 12pm PDT
A new scholarly paper argues that ancient and modern cities can be usefully analyzed in a comparative perspective. But what you do with the comps depends on how much you value similarities versus differences in urban form.
Dean Saitta
March 1, 2015, 9am PST
Scientists from the Santa Fe Institute have discovered basic patterns underlying the way cities have always grown. The mechanics of "urban scaling" may have something fundamental to tell us about how large settlements evolve.
Christian Science Monitor
May 22, 2009, 9am PDT
Author Tom Vanderbilt suggests that train service has been headed in the wrong direction for the better part of a century.
Slate.com