Source: woolpert.com I received some really good feedback on yesterday’s piece on suburban commercial corridors. There were good critiques on Twitter and in the comments section to the article. I wanted to take a stab at addressing some of them, right here. Remaking suburban commercial corridors can’t happen in all the places that need it. This sentiment […]Read more "More on Remaking Commercial Corridors"
This development pattern could be on its last legs. Source: geothetics.com At some point, our nation’s ever-shifting demographics will force our typical suburban communities to adapt if they are to survive. Instead of upzoning to allow more units in current residential areas — one of the last things I think most suburbs will do — […]Read more "The First Step of the Suburban Retrofit — Remaking Commercial Corridors"
Greystones and brownstones in East Garfield Park, on Chicago’s West Side. A neighborhood in search of revitalization, if not gentrification. (Note: It’s been a crazy week for me, making new content pretty difficult. But many readers here may also know I’m trying to make a concerted attempt to resurrect pieces from the earlier days of […]Read more "Repost: Revitalization Without Gentrification?"
View of Fullerton Avenue in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, by John Noltner. Source: fashionista-chicago.com Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is not what it used to be. In fact, it will never be what it used to be. Many Chicago neighborhoods will never be what they used to be. And that’s the way it will be, until dramatic changes […]Read more "Chicago Population Loss Was – And Is – Inevitable"
Toledo, Ohio’s port on Lake Erie. Source: greatlakesresilience.org So I’ve been taken to task for a comment I made about the Lower Lakes subregion in my recent post in the “Five Midwests” series. Here’s what I said that sparked the criticism: “The Lower Lakes were built for production, not innovation. Cities like Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago […]Read more "More on the Lower Lakes, Production and Innovation"
Scene from an outdoor car show in Flint, MI. Source: northwood.edu Series to date:Part 1: OverviewPart 2: The North Woods Let me first address the name I’ve given to this Midwest subregion, the Lower Lakes. I’ve decided to be more geographically descriptive than the more widely used and accepted name of Rust Belt. Why? Because […]Read more "The "Five Midwests" Series, Part 3: The Lower Lakes (aka "Rust Belt")"
Source: motherjones.com Imagine that you are an urbanist in, say, 1951. You are a keen observer of urban development trends taking place at the time. Internationally, the Korean War is ramping up half a world away, but domestically the economy is doing better than it has for many years. After World War II’s ending […]Read more "Knowing the Difference Between Signal and Noise"