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Urbanist Theory

How a Forgotten Plaza Can Become Tacoma’s Connected Heart

Tollefson Plaza in downtown Tacoma confounds me. It’s an attractive space next to a bustling university campus and an art museum. It is adjacent...

The Urbanist Podcast: Wet Architecture with Weston Wright

In the song "Five Feet High and Rising," Johnny Cash sings "Well, the rails are washed out north of town/ We got to head...

Planes, Trains, and the Only True Thanksgiving Movie

The holiday is a Chicago kind of event It is Black Friday in America. For those of us avoiding the mall like it’s our racist...

Dubicki: ‘The Crown’s’ Claustrophobia in a Box of Its Own Creation

There is a concept in television called a bottle episode. It’s where a show puts one or a few characters into a single location...
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7 Last-Minute Urbanist Halloween Costumes

Organized by what you already have on hand. It's been weeks since we began celebrating Halloween. The Danny Elfman music, the pumpkin spice, and the...

Who Runs Seattle’s Public Restrooms?

A journey into the city’s soft gates and silos. Here's an interesting fact: Seattle has fewer 24/7 public restrooms than it does publicly financed stadiums. That...

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...