Friday, December 09, 2011

As many American cities as possible

Would cities be a places along the way topic or a one for flâneuse? Flip a coin. Un coup de dés jamais n'obolira le hasard. Next city post goes to the other. Maybe. Depends on what it is. Now, to post and get back to reading these gems. I need a cityspace break in the worst way today. 

Mariana Valverde (Toronto): Seeing Like a City: The Dialectic of Modern and Premodern Ways of Seeing in Urban Governance. Dean Stansel (FGCU): Why Some Cities Are Growing and Others Shrinking. Michelle Wilde Anderson (UC-Berkeley): Dissolving Cities. From The American Conservative, a symposium on Jane Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities
From n+1, the City by City project gathers reports from as many American cities as possible, to see how things are going and what can be done, including BaltimoreMilwaukeeNorthern KentuckyGreensboro, theDistrict of ColumbiaCincinnatiSeattle, and Chicago. Why city rankings always get it wrong: Happiest cities, most livable cities, loneliest cities — the Web's filled with lists. Why do cities get so little respect from state and national governments? 
An interview with Richard Florida, author of Who’s Your City? How the Creative Economy is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life. Joel Kotkin on the demise of the luxury city. Variety show: A new way to measure a city’s diversity. Ryan Avent on one path to better jobs: More density in cities. Nate Berg on defining cities in a metropolitan world. 
Are freeways doomed? Several cities are tearing down highways, creating bold new public spaces — and building a future without cars. Suburban hip is where it’s at: UBS might like Manhattan — but for all the talk of an urban renaissance, most growth is happening beyond the city. Could you actually be hurting the environment by going green and moving to the suburbs?
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