Five posts I’ve found interesting over the past seven days:
- Why We Are Surrounded by Crappy Buildings: I’ll start this week with a post from my friend, Tazmine Loomans from Blooming Rock Development. In this post she takes a look at the highs and lows of Phoenix architecture, and explains why the lows outweigh the highs.
- Mapping the Hidden Costs of the Suburbs: The urban blog-o-sphere has been awash this week over a recent report by The Center for Neighborhood Technology’s new report (and online tool). These resources adds transportation cost to traditional housing costs metrics. The result is maps of over 161,000 American neighborhoods that show just how ‘affordable’ that suburban tract home really is.
- The Audacity of Doing Nothing. Flash mobs have become increasingly popular over the past few years. Their popularity poses a paradox, however. When once people gathered in the streets in celebration or protest, today people are gathering for no particular reason. This post asks: now that we know that kids can still gather, why can’t it be for positive change?
- Jane’s Walk Phoenix: A blatant plug for my other site that I maintain for an event that is returning to Phoenix on May 1, 2010. I’ll be posting details on the walk (and related events) as the become available In the meantime, there is a lot of urban goodness including a growing list of Jane Jacobs ideas and commentary.
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- Walk this Way: Jane’s Walk Phoenix is profiled in Sunset (yuriartibise.com)
- Interactive Housing & Transportation Affordability Maps (agentgenius.com)