Note to BMV: This is how the voting age works

If we had believed the workers at the Waynedale Bureau of Motor Vehicles, my son would not be voting in the primary next week. They kept insisting that 17-year-olds cannot vote in the primary if they turn 18 before the general election in November. But the following is from the Indiana Secretary of State’s Web […]

‘Urban excitement is possible close to home’

This comment by Michael Bates of BatesLine in Tulsa was too good to be ignored: Two generations have been raised to see the tidy segments of the suburbs as normal and the city as a messy mix that needs sorting out. That’s starting to change, and a significant number of people have experienced the pleasures […]

City may allow downtown to look like downtown

This is great news: Revamp of zoning in works — City wants to ease the rules for downtown development The city hopes to rezone much of the downtown into this district, or a slightly less dense variation, and away from other commercial and industrial zoning. The rules are more conducive to a downtown, (city planner […]

Message to Midwest: Change or die

Today’s article at Next American City sets its sights on the Midwest: Richard Longworth (a senior writer for the Chicago Tribune) wants you to know two things: First, globalization is happening and it will continue to change the world. Second, if you live in the Midwest, you’d better be very afraid about your region’s chances […]

Traditional neighborhoods and modern architecture

Scott Greider, over on his personal blog, quotes a portion of the San Jose historic design guidelines that addresses the role of modern architecture in older neighborhoods. (If you’re adventurous, you can download the entire 95-page PDF.) What does San Jose say? It says, “Bring it on”: Rather than imitating older buildings, a new design […]

10 reasons cities are works of art

The Work Research Foundation‘s Comment magazine published a little point of view piece called “Public Arts in the City: with reference to Chicago.” Not only does the author — Clinton Stockwell, the executive director of the Chicago Semester — give ten positive reasons for considering cities as works of art, he peppers his short essay […]

Creating a pedestrian and bicycle friendly downtown

That’s the title of a promising event May 7 at the downtown Cinema Center. Dan Burden, executive director of Walkable Communities, will be leading an event that hopes to answer these questions: What are the elements that make up a pedestrian and bicycle friendly downtown? Learn what Fort Wayne can do to make our downtown […]