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  • Three Questions to Ask While Walking Your City
    I’ve written previously about why it probably sucks to walk around your city. But I still think you should do it if you really want to understand the built environment […]
  • Getting Involved in Your City is Tough…But Good for You (3 Reasons)
    The processes that drive community engagement in our cities are broken, so most of us avoid them. They take up a lot of time, involve a dizzying amount of coordination, […]
  • The Cost of Adaptation is Too Damn High
    One of the basic realities about cities is that they change. They change because humans change and keeping pace with this reality is at the heart of urban resilience. Resilient […]
  • 5 Reasons Why Walking Your City (Most Likely) Sucks
    As a traveling journalist, I have walked dozens of cities. I’ve walked the streets of Paris and Rome, the streets of forgotten small towns in the American South. I’ve walked […]
  • Why proximity matters
    The events of 2020 have made it obvious the role that proximity plays in how we experience our cities. The lockdowns of COVID-19 trapped many Americans in their suburban neighborhoods. […]
  • The relationship between urban design and charity
    One of the most well-known Christian parables is the story of the Good Samaritan. When a law expert asks Jesus how to inherit eternal life, Jesus reminds him to keep […]