Work Begins on Massive Detroit Mural by 92-Year-Old Artist

​ In Detroit, work began on a massive mural designed by 92-year-old legend Charles McGee. Titled “Unity,” it will cover a 118-by-50-foot space on the side of the 28 Grand at 28 Grand River Avenue, which will be a building of micro-apartments, about 260 square feet, with units set aside as affordable rentals. Once finished, the mural will be a sweeping vision in black and white of various abstract shapes and elements that might not appear cohesive at first glance.... Read more

Phase One of the Rail Park, Philly’s High Line, Will Open Soon

This early portion of the Rail Park, ​Philly’s own version of the High Line, is almost ready. The cost is $10.3 million, and nearly all of the money has been raised through local, state and private funds. This part of the Rail Park is about relaxation, entertainment and community gathering as much as it is about walking. There will be benches, trees, flowers, art from the Percent for Art program and industrial swings modeled somewhat after the makeshift swings built on... Read more

How Your Suburb Can Make You Thinner

If people can’t be cajoled to walk for its own sake, is there another way to get them moving? In recent years, planners and policymakers have begun to consider this: If suburbs are the problem, maybe suburbs can be re-imagined as the solution. People drive because their neighborhoods encourage it—and sometimes even leave them with no choice. What, then, if their neighborhoods were built to foster walking? With the right layout and development, the notion goes, our suburban towns and... Read more

The Map for Baltimore’s New Bus System is Positively Radiant

​Baltimore will soon be the latest American city to overhaul its bus network in an attempt to jumpstart ridership. The plan, known as “BaltimoreLink,” will go into effect on June 18. The core of the BaltimoreLink plan is a dozen color-coded, high-frequency routes known as CityLink lines. They’ll run 24 hours a day along Baltimore’s downtown grid and then radiate out of the city in every direction, complimented by less frequent local and express lines. Read more... Read more

Forget Flying Cars: We Need Floating Ones

​ Waterways like rivers, lakes, and canals were the original interstates; most of the world’s greatest cities were harbor towns that were able to capitalize on their access to shipping. Well into the early 20th century, urbanites got around on water. In most cities, however, the rise of trains and cars, the development of more extensive bridge networks, and the general emphasis on terrestrial mass transit caused a steep decline in ferry ridership. Many intra-urban passenger ferry networks were out... Read more

Five Big Ideas to Better Integrate Nature Into Cities

In a discussion about the role of nature in cities, leading voices on ecological urbanism from six continents including artists, architects, planners, designers and ecologists all took the stage to share their vision of how to better integrate nature into cities. Here are five big ideas from the talks. Read more... Read more
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