Second Amendment: Still in force

Concerning this: The Supreme Court struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on handgun possession yesterday, deciding for the first time in the nation’s history that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual’s right to own a gun for self-defense. … a commenter here made a point I hadn’t considered: A lot of us are in […]

What is the most crying need of the church in America today?

Here is how Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, answers the question, emphasizing the importance of cities: I’m throwing in with Jim Boice on this one (cf. his Two Cities: Two Loves.) The evangelical church must stay true to its biblical foundations, and it must maintain and enhance the effectiveness […]

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 […]

Philip Bess: Good cities are like pizzas

During his lecture last week, Philip Bess mentioned a tasty metaphor for good urban living. Comparing a city to a pizza is the idea of Leon Krier, whom Bess calls the most influential traditional urbanist of our time. As Bess says in his book, “Till We Have Built Jerusalem”: A neighborhood is to the larger […]

Looking back at Southtown Mall

(Jon) A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon the Web site, 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 […]

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 […]

41 books to read in 2008

(Jon) My first New Year’s resolution is: Stop buying books. I have enough books on church, culture, cities and community on my shelves to last me at least through December. And they all came highly recommended by those who have a love for the city. Take a look: Home From Nowhere by James Howard Kunstler […]

Looking at paleo-urbanism

There’s plenty of talk about New Urbanism in city planning circles nowadays. But Eric Jacobsen (pictured), author of the great book “Sidewalks in the Kingdom,” makes a valid point about how the impact of New Urbanism may remain isolated. After a discussion and critique of the New Urbanist town of Seaside, Florida, Jacobsen turns his […]