‘Good cities consist of good people.’

Cities do not consist of freeways, buildings, transit systems, houses, malls, sidewalks, hydro wires, sewers, water mains, snowplows, corporations or government. Good cities consist of good people. Like a vibrant company, they tap their best people — those with intelligence, energy, integrity, goodwill and a large well of experience — to do the best things. […]

Philip Bess: Cities shaped by love

In an essay with the provocative title, “Bring me my arrows of desire: cities shaped by love,” Gayle Doornbos writes a review of Philip Bess’s book, “Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Sacred.” For those who are unaware, Bess is a Notre Dame architecture professor who spoke to a Fort Wayne audience […]

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 […]

The New Slum?

(Scott) Are suburbs the new slum? Great article at theatlantic.com. Especially page three, where the author predicts the future. For 60 years, Americans have pushed steadily into the suburbs, transforming the landscape and (until recently) leaving cities behind. But today the pendulum is swinging back toward urban living, and there are many reasons to believe […]

Britney Spears, “American Idol” and the corporate Cassanova

(Jon) Why did Britney Spears hit such a personal and professional low? It’s not a typical Good City question, but I heard the echoes of one of our themes in a story on MSNBC headlined, “Who Can Save Her Image?” Here’s the money quote from Eric Foster White, who co-wrote six songs on Britney’s first […]

Ye Olde Urbanism gets boot in britches

(Jon) A proposal to build a Medieval European village has gotten hogtied by modern Indiana regulations. The people behind Simpler Times Village want to build a rural community with old-fashioned ideals — really olde — in green space in Madison County. From its Web site: Can you imagine a storybook village in old world Europe? […]