Congratulations to Porter Stevens and Debra Richards Harlan (via our Facebook page—Like us!) for correctly identifying our last sidewalk challenge as Shelby Street looking south from Chestnut Street in Phoenix Hill. We’ve also decided to accept Joshua Poe’s correct identification as a view of Shelby Street at Gray Street—nice work Joshua! (That’s just a couple blocks south of where these trees are being cut down for a sidewalk repair project.) Up above is this week’s puzzle. Tell us where it is in the comments below.
And now, on with the urbanism news you need to know.
- Atlantic City is the Next Detroit. Another nail in the coffin of casinos as urban development generators. Brandon Donnelly explored our addiction to ‘silver-bullet’ urbanism and asks some tough questions about how competition between cities in an attempt to lure necessary dollars might be the wrong strategy. Sustainable Cities Collective
- Eugene, Oregon’s Radical Solution to Homelessness: A Bare-Bones Shed Village. The first in a series of pieces by CityLab around the issue of homelessness in cities and the recent attempts to address it. CITYLAB
- Louisville to be testing ground for national economic development study. The National Trust for Historic Preservation believes that some of Louisville’s historic buildings could once again become corridors to its economic development. Business First
- New York’s Public Transit Constrained by Debt Service. Christopher Berggren lays out the case for why our cities use of debt bonds actually serve as a constraint to sustainable development. Sustainable Cities Collective
- The City is an Ecosystem, Pipes and All. An amazing article about how scientists and planners are starting to see cities as part of a larger ecology. The Boston Globe
- LG&E Plans to Ask For Rate Increase, Partly to Pay for Cane Run Gas Plant. As energy costs rise, Louisville residents would be wise to ask, “For what?” WFPL
- Where Sharing Food with the Homeless is a Crime. Luckily, Louisville doesn’t make this list (Covington does), but with the rise of outlawing feeding the homeless nationally, our cities ordinances on panhandling, and tent city evictions, one wonders, how will the compassionate city address this issue? Urbanful
That’s Lampton Street, Smoketown, between Shelby and Clay.
That’s community art piece from KFTC’s & Kertis Creative’s Smoketown GetDown in September. Wish BS would write about KFTC’s Vision Smoketown survey report: KFTC.org/visionsmoketown
Oh so many topics so little time…..! I lived in Atlantic City during the referendum (1975-76) at a time when unemployment was at or above 20%, but what a treasure trove of vintage boardwalk buildings and possibilities. Needless to say I wasn’t working in my urban geography degree realm and was instead working retail and doing part time modeling for a fashion photographer on the roof of a twenties hotel with an ocean view on Gordon’s Alley, a really before its time urban retail/restaurant alley redevelopment. The urbanists then fought a concerted battle against the casinos, and lost. Historic buildings dropped like rocks , including my beloved Marlboro-Blenheim, which was imploded, marble halls and all. And nobody local got jobs other than maids and bell persons because the workforce was imported from Vegas. Lessons learned too late.
“Shelby Street looking north from Chestnut Street in Phoenix Hill.”
I believe that photo was looking south on Shelby.