We’re back with another News Roundup. First of all, though, we’d like to extend a huge “Thank You!” to everyone who helped officially launch Broken Sidewalk at ReSurfaced on the 17th. It was great to see so many familiar faces and lots of new ones as well. Thanks as well to New2Lou for co-hosting the event and to City Collaborative and their team for making ReSurfaced happen!
Congratulations to Stephen Black for correctly identifying our last sidewalk challenge photo as Market Street looking west from Fourth Street. Only a handful of buildings remain from that historic view, including the low Vincenzo’s at Fifth Street and what’s now the Glassworks building in the distance with the water tower. The building at the right was the Lincoln Savings Bank, one of Louisville’s grandest old skyscrapers. New for this week is a distinctly more modern view, ready to be identified in the comments below.
And on with the news:
The Insanity of City Street Grids, Visualized. Stephen Von Worley uses OpenStreetMap and an algorithm to gives us a birds eyes view of how cities are shaped, ordered, and oriented. Co.Design
Hawaii Plans to Move Homeless People Away from Tourist Areas. The Honolulu City Council is looking to implement the arsenal of exclusion by removing the issues of urban inequality present in that city to the periphery of its visitors. inhabitat
William J. Ronan, Architect of the M.T.A., Dies at 101. William J. Ronan, the architect and first chairman of New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and one of the most powerful officials in the modern history of New York State, died on Wednesday at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 101. The New York Times
Is Regeneration Bringing Slums Back to London? Although ranked as the most ‘influential’ city in the world; London certainly seems to be a little out of touch with the needs of its citizens. Interestingly enough, ‘ability to house its residents’ wasn’t at the top of the Forbes requirements for influence. OpenDemocracy
The “Reasons Behind Detroit’s Decline” Series, Part 6. The ‘Demise’ of Detroit has been, and continues to be, an intricate, and complex process. The Corner Side Yard has is showing real due diligence in its investigation and reporting of this incredibly nuanced situation. We highly recommend the whole series. The Corner Side Yard
Five Takeaways from Forum on the Struggles of Louisville’s Inner-City Youths. Many eyes are on Louisville’s West End right now. Recently a forum on inner city youth produced some new (some not so new) insights on what is to be done. Also, see the outcomes of the Bingham’s Fellowship and there suggestions toward moving things forward in the West End. WFPL
Six Things You Didn’t Know About Late Architect Judith Edelman. Another unfortunate passing of an amazing talent in urbanism. Jenny Xie looks at the top six things that Judith Edelman brought to the field of architecture as a “Firebrand” in a field often hostile toward women. Curbed
Interactive map: World population by latitude and longitude. André Christoffer Andersen created this nifty interactive map that estimates world population at any coordinate. Andersen was inspired by Bill Rankin’s data visualizations. boingboing