Urban Planning

Sometimes Quantitative Is Qualitative

That incredible graphic is courtesy of The Pudding, using data from the Global Human Settlement Layer to show population density. The height of each line is proportional to the number of people living in the area. There are other high-density clusters in the world, but this view of the eastern US makes a point that …

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Different Shades of Green

I came across the carbon-emission maps at CoolClimate.org by accident yesterday, from a mention in Kate Wagner’s twitter feed. Ms. Wagner is best known for McMansion Hell, but has been branching out into other architectural and urbanism critique. The maps are fascinating for what they have to say about our assumptions and actually addressing carbon …

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Right Answer But Questionable Methodology

I agree completely with the premise of Harry Bubbins’s “Small Stores Thrive in Landmark Districts.” There’s a lot of research that suggests that people like historic districts, like to spend time in them, and therefore support businesses in them. Anecdotally, visitors that I know tend to spend their time shopping in the more historic parts …

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From Close Up

I mentioned before that differences in zoning have led to rather drastic differences in development between the adjoining cities of Hoboken and Jersey City. The pleasant street scene above is in downtown Hoboken looking south, the new towers in the distance are in Jersey City. The difference is even more dramatic when you’re on foot …

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Not Any Easier

The Battery Park City master plan created a pleasant park around the South Cove, an indentation in the landfill shoreline that, unlike the North Cove, is too small to be a harbor. It’s technically the north end of Wagner Park (named after Robert Wagner) and is a little over twenty years old. Much of the …

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