Urbanist Theory

Sunday Video: Why DTLA Is So Small

Why is Los Angeles’ downtown so small? It isn’t just because of the car. Dave Amos of City Beautiful explains.

Midweek Video: Why Philly’s Streets Are Better Than Other North American Cities

Why are Philadelphia's streets good and what can other North American cities learn from them? Alan Fisher of the ArmChair Urbanist explains in this...

Midweek Video: How To Improve A Stroad (Seattle’s Aurora Avenue)

Ray Delahanty of CityNerd visited Seattle to showcase the city's preeminent stroad: Aurora Avenue. Delahanty offers a sobering overview of the road, but he...

Urbanism 101: What is an EcoDistrict?

Urbanism 101 is a series that breaks down concepts in urban planning, policy, and related fields using vivid examples. In this introductory article, we're...

Holiday Video: The City Planning of the North Pole

https://youtu.be/q4FY4Ml7toE What does folklore and media tells us about the kind of city planning that the North Pole is built around? Nolan Gray takes on...

On the Prospect of an Urbanism of the Poor

Recently, I was asked for my definition of an urbanist. In reaching for a definition, I realized that I actually don’t have one--certainly not...

Democracy and Cities

The relationship between democracy and cities is a close and longstanding one. It was in the ancient Greek city-state of Athens where the word...

Cities Built by the Mouse

The Unique Urbanism of Disney’s Movie Cities For those of us who adore movies, seven months of pandemic has been a difficult drought. We’re down...