How Jane Jacobs killed city planning

I ran across this excellent piece from Thomas Campanella in Design Observer, discussing the deadly impact of Jane Jacobs on the planning profession. Campanella is a professor of planning at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of City and Regional Planning. I share it because I’ve encountered many of the same issues in my relatively brief time

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Tiny Jackson Hole

A Tiny Day in the Jackson Hole Backcountry – by Tristan Greszko.

I had posted this in my Google Reader feed last week, but I feel it’s deserving of a post. Skiing is a hobby of mine. Though I love living in DC, it doesn’t offer the same kinds of winter recreation opportunities, nor

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The most segregated cities in America

Salon.com has an interesting slideshow of the 10 most segregated cities in America. The data comes from the 2010 Census, and the methodology to determine the level of segregation is based on differences between census tracts:

We may think of segregation as a matter of ancient Southern history: lunch counter sit-ins, bus boycotts and Ku

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Density, productivity, and housing prices

Ryan Avent recently spoke at the Kauffman Foundation‘s conference for economic bloggers. His short presentation touches on a number of economic issues as they relate to urban economies and their role in our national economy.

The presentation tackles Tyler Cowen’s Great Stagnation thesis. Avent specifically looks at the benefits of density on

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Virginia is for DC lovers?

Virginia’s tourism folks have saturated Metro Center (located, of course, in DC) with ads:

As a DC resident, I’m not sure if I’m bothered by Virginia riding DC’s coattails, or if I should be happy for the free advertising.