We hope everyone had a great holiday with family and friends. We’re back with another news roundup and sidewalk challenge. Congrats to Neal, Debra, and Brian O’Neill (via our Facebook page) for correctly identifying our last sidewalk as Frankfort Avenue at Keats Avenue, showing what’s now the D&W Silks Building. We especially like the advertisement advocating drinking three sodas a day. Here’s a new sidewalk ready to be identified in the comments below.
And now for a fresh roundup of the top urbanism stories in the news to get you through the weekend.
The Economist and Suburbia: A Fistful of Myths. Michael Lewyn finds himself perplexed at the Economist‘s inability to see systemic issues around urban sprawl, rather it focuses on personal choice. Lewyn offers some critique. Planetizen
Boston gets $1.35M Bloomberg Philanthropies grant to create housing lab. Bloomberg Philanthropies is helping Boston invest in itself through the creation of 1.35 million dollar housing lab. Its job: to create strategies to retain residents and create 53,000 housing units by 2030. Boston Business Journal
60 Years of Urban Change: Midwest. An interesting slide show portraying the urban change delivered by urban renewal. Pay close attention to the increased highways. Institute for Quality Communities
School Buses: America’s Largest Transit System. An interesting analysis on our largest national transit system. New Geography
Paris Wants to Keep Central Neighborhoods From Becoming ‘Ghettos for the Rich’. The French capital has announced a plan to stop housing displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. It might be the most radical proposal Europe has seen. CITYLAB
Part One: Should MoMA Tout Tactical Urbanism(s) as a Solution to Uneven Growth? The first part of Mike Lydon’s discussion of MoMA’s new exhibit: Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms For Expanding Megacities. Planetizen
The Best and Worst Urban Trends of 2014. From the best, through the almost endlessly mundane, to the worst; Next City gives us a years worth of urban change. Next City
Why NYC Councilwoman Rosie Mendez Is Skeptical of Public Housing’s Latest Deal. New York Councilwoman Rosie Mendez has some significant concerns about NYCHA’s latest idea to provide a significant funding gap for its public housing stock, and rightly so. Next City
Land Trust Secures Vacant Lots for Urban Agriculture, Recreation in LA’s Underserved Neighborhoods. The LA Neighborhood Land Trust shares its mission to protect, into perpetuity, publicly owned land, and to create spaces for residential use in the urban environment. Sustainable Cities Collective