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March 16, 2014, Comments Off on Geographies of Tech Wealth: San Francisco to “Silicon Border”

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 […]

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

March 4, 2014, Comments Off on Crowdsourcing 2.0: Why Putting the Slum on a Map is not Enough*

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 ...

Fear and the Urban Form

February 18, 2014, Comments Off on Fear and the Urban Form

“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 [&hellip ...

The Significance of Community in Modern Planning Theory

February 4, 2014, Comments Off on The Significance of Community in Modern Planning Theory

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

  • Bogotá’s Bucolic Exodus: Aspirations of a Rural Life or Suburban Sprawl?
    January 21, 2014, Comments Off on Bogotá’s Bucolic Exodus: Aspirations of a Rural Life or Suburban Sprawl?

      Illustration of the migration pattern. Source: Author Yearning for a rural lifestyle is a legitimate desire for all city dwellers. It is more than understandable to think about a […]

  • This is Our Home
    December 17, 2013, Comments Off on This is Our Home

    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 […]

  • Redefining Shrinking Cities
    December 3, 2013, Comments Off on Redefining Shrinking Cities

    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 […]

  • The Battle of Baxter Creek: Resolving Power Struggles in a Community Green Space
    November 26, 2013, Comments Off on The Battle of Baxter Creek: Resolving Power Struggles in a Community Green Space

    This is a tale of a well-intentioned stream restoration project in a residential park-neighborhood of Richmond, CA that sparked a community power struggle. The unintended consequences of the restoration left […]

  • Vestiges of San Francisco’s Unbuilt Waterfront
    November 19, 2013, Comments Off on Vestiges of San Francisco’s Unbuilt Waterfront

    San Francisco has often served as a blank canvas since its rapid rise to prominence after the Gold Rush in the mid-1800s – the subject of countless visions for how […]

  • The Small Indiscretions Of Lagos
    November 12, 2013, Comments Off on The Small Indiscretions Of Lagos

    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, [&helli ...