Urbanist Theory

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Don’t Blame Density for Pandemics

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If you're a newspaper columnist or governor of New York, a pandemic is a great time to trot out medieval myths, repackage them like...

Now Is the Time to Re-Read Jane Jacobs Backwards

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My copy of Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities is dog eared and marked up. There are little arrows on...

Urbanist 12 Days of Christmas Wishlist

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Happy holidays from The Urbanist. In honor of the holiday, here's an Urbanist wishlist set to 12 Days of Christmas. Let's build this future...

Understanding Rent Control Politics

“If Sawant’s rent control bill went into effect, my apartment would get turned into a condo and I’d lose my place to live.” “Developers won’t...

What Kind of City do We Want to Be? Tacoma and the Arguments Cities...

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My summer reading list this year included a debut novel by Seth Fried titled The Municipalists, which CityLab described as “the urban planning Sci-Fi...

Joe Berridge’s “Perfect City” Celebrates the Many Forms of Urban Delight

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Among urban planners of the 21st century, few can claim to have as interesting and expansive careers as Joe Berridge, partner at Urban Strategies...

What Does It Take to Create Great Cities?

Actors call it charisma and scientists talk about the sense of wonder. There are fundamental competencies for every profession. City planning requires vision. Vision is...

Urbanist Hopes for 2019

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Team Urbanism took some lumps in 2018, but there's plenty of opportunities to turn the tables and advance the cause in 2019. Our writers...