San Francisco skyline w/ crane. CC image from Omar Omar
Tales from two cities:
San Francisco: From Ilan Greenberg in The New Republic – San Francisco’s Gentrification Problem isn’t Gentrification. Greenberg compares the public debate (often writen, and discussed previously here) in San Francisco compared to more the more familiar narrative in other cities.
Here, the debate is
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Manhattan. CC image from sakeeb.
Breaking news! Last week, the New York Times reported that it is expensive to live in Manhattan. The Times frames the question through the lens of the middle class, asking what the definition means in the context of they city’s densest borough.
In a city like New York, where everything is
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CC image from Seth Waite
One more round on density – this time focusing on affordability via the tangentially related prospect of innovative and creative economies.
Richard Florida chimed in at The Atlantic Cities, asking this:
Stop and think for a moment: What kind of environments spur new innovation, start-ups and high-tech industries? Can you name one
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Law Library. CC image from Janet Lindenmuth
Via the always interesting Land Use Law Professors blog, I came across this summary from interfluidity (written by Steve Waldman) of the main points of Avent, Glaeser, and Yglesias. Dubbed the econourbanists, Waldman summarizes their arguments:
In a nutshell, the econourbanists’ case is pretty simple: Cities are really important,
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There’s been a horde of great parking posts in the last few days:
First, Jarrett Walker documents San Francisco’s new adventure in market pricing for on-street spaces:
The goal is to ensure that there’s always a space available, so that people stop endlessly driving in circles looking for parking. People will be able to check
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As a nice respite to DC’s heat, I was able to spend the last week in California – including several days in San Francisco. Some thoughts and observations from the trip:
Hills and Grids: Gridded streets have plenty of benefits, to be sure – but the downside is that they do not react to topography. San
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Some cool map-related items:
San Francisco’s Parking Census – with one of those ideas that’s so obvious that no one ever thought of it before, San Francisco has completed the first known census of all the publicly available parking spaces in an American city. The census found 441,541 spaces in the city, just 280,000 of which
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For a nice Saturday morning post, David over at Greater Greater Washington points to a great video from San Francisco, circa 1905. The video is shot from a cable car traveling down Market Street, San Francisco’s great axial street. The clock tower of the Ferry Building terminates the view, all while pedestrians, horses, cars, streetcars,
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Soldier Field, US v. Honduras World Cup Qualifier, summer 2009. CC image from flickr
The US has narrowed their list of potential host cities for the US Soccer Federation’s bid to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup – and shockingly, that list does not include the Windy City.
The final cities are Atlanta,
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