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Urbanist Theory

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...
West Woodland. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

Safe At Home: The Battle to Control the COVID Narrative

One of my favorite webcomics was the short-lived Minus. Beautifully painted, surreal, often touching, there is no place for it on the Internet. It...
Time Square is a good place to avoid pandemic or no. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

Don’t Blame Density for Pandemics

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

My copy of Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities is dog eared and marked up. There are little arrows on...
Map shows a high speed rail mainline from Vancouver, BC to Eugene, Oregon. Also shows secondary lines serving Spokane, the Tri-Cities, and Yakima in Easter Washington.

Urbanist 12 Days of Christmas Wishlist

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...