Quotes on sprawl from ‘Suburban Nation’

(Jon) I’ve been reading “Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream,” and have been appreciating the authors’ analysis of suburban planning. Who knows if I’ll agree with their solutions. Here are some quotes from the beginning of the book: Since each piece of suburbia serves only one type of […]

How to talk to strangers

(Jon) Being nice to strangers is never easy and being polite in public never comes without some training. But it’s still shocking how incivility and rudeness have become so common even as technology makes communication easier. Today was communication day at the YLNI Leadership Institute — led by Anthony Juliano of Asher Agency and the […]

New Urbanism lecture on YouTube

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwd4Lq0Xvgc] (Jon) Here’s a well-thought-out lecture on New Urbanism by Andres Duany, author of Suburban Nation, The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream — a book I happen to be reading right now and enjoying very much. This lecture is posted in nine parts (often chopped up in the middle of […]

Suburbia: The next slum?

(Jon) Next American City points us toward a sobering article in The Atlantic about the effects of the subprime crisis on the nation’s suburbs. “The Next Slum?” says these changes “may turn today’s McMansions into tomorrow’s tenements.” Here are some highlights: At Windy Ridge, a recently built starter-home development seven miles northwest of Charlotte, North […]

Looking back at Southtown Mall

(Jon) A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon the Web site deadmalls.com, which chronicles the sad stories of decaying retail centers. In this article, the featured mall is Fort Wayne’s own now-demolished Southtown Mall. The commentary includes a short history submitted by a Fort Wayne resident and a kind of walking tour made by the […]

Why the public hates publicly funded art

(Jon) If public art has the power like no other to “brand” a city — think of the Eiffel Tower and the Gateway Arch — then why is the public so often against the expenditure? Dan on Cyburbia thinks it may be the style of art that’s been typically commissioned in the last half of […]

Former Honolulu mayor to speak on cities of the future

Andy Mitchell of Martin Riley Architects and AB417 brings news of what sounds like a fascinating lecture coming to town in a couple of weeks: “(It) will occur in Fort Wayne on March 17th from 4:30-6:00 pm. Jeremy Harris, recent Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii will be at the auditorium at […]