Street Life

April 13, 2017, 10am PDT
In Chicago, food trucks are disappearing and some blame the city’s stepped up enforcement of regulations and fines.
Chicago Reader
May 31, 2015, 5am PDT
With its eclectic music scene, Asheville, North Carolina is a popular spot for street musicians. They can bring a vibrancy the town might suffer without. But some residents fear a rise in panhandling and homelessness.
The New York Times
January 20, 2014, 12pm PST
By analyzing four public spaces using William H. Whyte's groundbreaking techniques for studying street life, a team of researchers led by Keith Hampton reached some surprising conclusions about how technology is changing our social interactions.
The New York Times
October 5, 2013, 1pm PDT
As L.A.'s iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall celebrates its tenth anniversary, Sam Lubell ponders how its shimmering stainless steel skin reflects the city's approach to architecture and urban design.
The Architect's Newspaper
September 13, 2013, 2pm PDT
In the decade before George Eastman developed film, photographer John Thomson and journalist Adolphe Smith published a series of influential magazines and books exploring London's street life. PetaPixel has collected some of the images.
PetaPixel
April 17, 2013, 8am PDT
A downtown Cleveland casino is pushing to build a skywalk to connect to its parking garage located across the street. Recognizing the anti-urban implications of the plan, an unlikely activist has organized opposition to the project.
The Atlantic Cities
February 24, 2012, 5am PST
Chuck Wolfe traces the comeback of sandwich board signage in cities, explains how associated regulations work, and offers reasons why such signage should be carefully fostered.
The Atlantic Cities
September 14, 2010, 12pm PDT
Local residents bring life back a desolate line of shops in Oak Cliff, a streetcar suburb of Dallas, overnight. The intention of the Better Block project is to demonstrate the value of pedestrian friendly spaces and encourage future investments.
Go Oak Cliff
July 14, 2010, 8am PDT
A new book looks at the environmental, energy, and social consequences of keeping cool by using air conditioners. In this 4-minute public radio interview, author Stan Cox explains how to keep cool, just in time for the East Coast heat wave.
American Public Media: Marketplace
July 13, 2010, 9am PDT
This piece from Re:Place looks at the urban impact of kiosks and food carts.
re:place
March 12, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Residents and public officials are calling on merchants to clean up Duval Street in Key West, Florida. Long considered the city's economic engine, the opposition believes some of the questionable quirkiness give the street and the city its character.</p>
The Miami Herald
March 4, 2008, 6am PST
<p>The machine-city envisioned by Le Corbusier, and made into practice in decades of modernist bureaucracy, has ultimately produced, according to Simon Richards' essay, an antisocial environment, against which urban planning seems to be now reacting.</p>
The Urban Reinventors Online Urban Journal