Congratulations to Charlie G for being first to correctly identify our last sidewalk photo as Southwestern Parkway at Shawnee Park just south of Market Street. He’ll receive a prestigious Broken Sidewalk magnet to honor the occasion.
You too can have your own Broken Sidewalk magnet for being the first to correctly identify this week’s sidewalk in the comments below. (The rules: Leave a real email so we can get in touch if you win; No repeat winners for four months; Comments must be left on this news roundup.) Good luck!
And now on with the week’s top urbanism city reads compiled by Broken Sidewalk Editor Drew Tucker:
A New Map of the World’s Ecosystems. A new, free, web-based tool from the US Geological Survey (USGS) and ESRI gives us a better understanding of the ecological character of any place in the world. The Dirt
Notes Toward a History of Non-Planning. “Even as metropolitan regions face increasingly severe and structural problems — water scarcity, cyclical flooding, atmospheric pollution, housing affordability, failing infrastructure — the capacity of cities to counter these problems is diminishing. But the dilemma is not new — nor is the challenge to planning.” Places
There’s Really No Argument Against Disparate Impact. Will the Supreme Court kill affordable housing? Rooflines
Three Cities Where Immigrants Helped Save Main Street. “New immigrants are increasingly becoming the face of community businesses across the country and, in some cases, a lifeline for dying neighborhoods.” Fusion
Meet the Black Architect Who Designed Duke University 37 Years Before He Could Have Attended It. Rachel Boyle brings to light the overlooked history of Duke University’s architectural achievement. Curbed
The Sustainable Growth Oxymoron. The ever underlying assumption that ‘growth is good’ may be a completely unsustainable one. JL Morin explores, “what’s worth growing?” Sustainable Cities Collective
Ten Cities That Shaped the Civil Rights Movement. Which ten cities were the major sites of ‘battle’ for the civil rights movement? John Benjamin gives us a quick tour of the flashpoints of this urban justice movement. Urbanful
Should Urban Universities Help Their Neighbors? A timely question given the history of displacement and gentrification caused by schools like Columbia in New York City and the University of Chicago. CITYLAB
What Cities Can Take Away From Obama’s State of the Union. What’s better than that awesome burn the President gave to congressional Republicans on live television? How about the implications the State of the Union has on cities? Next City