Vancouver towers along False Creek. Photo by author.
Two competing narratives often emerge when talking about policy responses to housing costs. One asserts that lowering the costs of construction and development will allow those savings to be passed on to eventual users of the real estate; the other asserts that markets set prices, and lowering
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Mammoth’s excellent series of posts covering any and all topics on The Infrastructural City recently touched on chapter 5 – Blocking All Lanes, the first of the book’s section on the fabric of this city of networked infrastructure. Mammoth notes a couple of big themes from the chapter, each with profound implications for how cities
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NoMA Development. CC image from bankbryan.
Jarrett Walker’s weekend links post directed me to this article in The Atlantic by Chris Leinberger, asking if we might return to the days when private interests invested in transit as a means to facilitate real estate development. Our own urban history is one of linked transportation and
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A series of (somewhat) tangentially related post/items/articles I’ve been meaning to mention here:
1. Security Theater – mammoth
There are always tensions between openness and security, and cities like DC have plenty of examples of this – everything from bollards anchored in 6 feet of subterranean concrete to jersey barriers strewn in front of building entrances. Given
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