All posts in Urban Fringe

Rendering of phase 1 of Silicon Border development, to include a “Science Park” as well as housing and a commercial units. Source: Silicon Border.
March 16, 2014, 4 Comments

As the companies, workers and wealth of Silicon Valley creep north into the city of San Francisco, the effects of an industry with a relatively small but highly paid labor …

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Crowdsourcing 2.0: Why Putting the Slum on a Map is not Enough*

March 4, 2014, 3 Comments

There was a time—not too long ago—when informal settlements the size of small cities were practically invisible. Large and empty beige-gray fields ...

Gated community in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Source: Tuca Vieira.

Fear and the Urban Form

February 18, 2014, 1 Comment

“I don’t mind the American soldiers on our streets. If I could talk to them I’d ask: Why are you so afraid of us? Why do you fear us so ...


The Significance of Community in Modern Planning Theory

February 4, 2014, No comments

Reflections on: “Sense of Community in the Urban Environment: A Catalyst for Participation and Community Development,” by David M. Chavis ...

  • This is Our Home
    December 17, 2013, 3 Comments

    I don’t remember the first time I saw a homeless person You can’t find one of those in Lexington, Massachusetts Birthplace of the American Revolution Red pavement without payment of ...

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    Redefining Shrinking Cities
    December 3, 2013, 4 Comments

    In Volume 26 of the Berkeley Planning Journal, Ph.D. student Aksel Olsen’s ‘Shrinking Cities – Fuzzy concept or useful framework?’ enters the debate on urban decline. In this post, Masters ...

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    The Small Indiscretions Of Lagos
    November 12, 2013, 8 Comments

    An article in South Africa’s Mail & Guardian boldly declares: “Nigeria’s property boom is only for the brave.” Lagos is one of the continent’s fastest urbanizing, rapidly expanding, bursting at the seams, ...