Archive for August 2012

Neighborhood Impressions

Think about your childhood, your college years, your first apartment…your first love. Of course people make the memory but wouldn’t you say the “place”…the neighborhood in which these hings occurred is integral to your experience and memories? That warm sense of “place” is a vital aspect of new urbanism that for me resonates most with

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Our Cities and the Romance Factor

As my 25th wedding anniversary draws closer I’m getting a lot of pressure from online and offline friends to ensure that I consider “all” my top favorite cities before I finalize plans for our anniversary trip. At least that’s their polite way of saying “you can’t be serious about choosing a rust-belt city like Cleveland

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Local Entertainment in the City

Lots of green space, walkable streets, a variety of local amenities and places to work – these are all elements of a great new urban center. There is, however, another key factor that makes an OK city a great one and that is vibrant and diverse local entertainment. Too often over the years I’ve listened

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Designed for Human Activity

When it comes down to it, one of the easiest ways to define new urbanism is the creation of places designed for human activity. Take Cleveland for example and its attempts to revitalize an economically and socially depressed corner of the city. One of it’s main corridors, Euclid Ave., empties out on the east side

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