Sites we like....
Who, in the last twenty years, has done more than
Neil Peirce to publicize the problems and possible solutions in
our towns? Recent columns appear here, along with the 'Citistate
Reports' he and his associates have compiled for cities coast to coast. The National Academy of
Public Administration keeps an archive of Peirce's columns at
The source for all the latest news in planning, environmentalism and urban affairs
A big fat directory of everything on the web concerning planning, and a lot of lively commentary
The New Rules Project (of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance):
The best resource on the web for communitarian
thinking, applied to most urban issues. Excellent, thorough research
you wont find anywhere else (they're especially good at bashing
INTBAU—The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism:
You can see a whole planet reflected here, on the
website of this organization devoted to preserving and
strengthening local character and sound building. There's a very good
section of essays and book reviews. INTBAU has recently
established a chapter in the U.S.<
Project for Public Spaces:
'Turning public places into vital community spaces'
for 30 years. When they started, most people had no idea what
they were talking about. But no organization has done more to bring
life back to America's urban fabric.
Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program:
Very mainstream, currently mostly concerned with
economic development: Bruce Katz, who runs it, publishes much of his
writing here, and there are always good reports and news items on all
Smart Growth Online:
News and resources on anti-sprawl and environmental issues.
Very clever clogs in London. This firm uses unique
mapping technology to chart the flow of people, and then redesigns the
city around them.
Planum: The European Journal of Planning:
If you want it, here's a taste of European
academic planning in all its Baroque, postmodernly-verbose moronic
A very low-key, very useful independent research
institute with a lot of information on its site concerning land use,
taxation, and a lot more.
Congress for the New Urbanism:
All the news, topics and accomplishments of New Urbanism
Learn about the 'Transect', and Duany-Plater-Zyberk's ambitious 'form-based' model zoning code.
The New Urban Guild:
Representing a number of practitioners of
traditional archiecture and design. Many of them are heavily
involved with the rebuilding of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
Veritas et Venustas:
An education in itself. Refined commentary, and photo tours of interesting places.
City Comforts Blog:
David Sucher writes on just about everything concerning cities, and everything he writes is worth reading.
Cities on a Hill:
Manhattan Institute runs this new blog of Fred
Siegel's (he was Giuliani's brain trust in the creative years in New
A very pleasant diversion: interactive tours of
squares around the world, with discussion of what makes a good urban
The Mantle of Science:
'Scientism is the profoundly unscientific attempt
to transfer uncritically the methodology of the physical sciences to
the study of human action'. This classic Murray Rothbard essay doesn't mention planning once, but once you read it many
things about the degradation of our cities in the 20th twentieth
century will suddenly look a little clearer.
An Affair with Urban Policy:
An entertaining blog with a little of
everything in it, from policy analysis to a trip to Albania.
Joel Kotkin's blog:
Articulate red-state view of urban affairs and urban economics. Regrettable (and sometimes silly) biases, but a lot of good common sense that progressive types miss.
Glossy even on the small screen; covers the glossier sort of architecture and design.
Smart City Radio:
Would you believe an intelligent, syndicated radio show on urban affairs? You can listen in online.
A Vision of Europe:
If you thought Europe was out of the loop,
hopelessly lost in a miasma of playboy architecture and rotten planning
models, you wouldn't be far wrong. But here's a very welcome sign that
things might be starting to change.
The Interactive Nolli Map:
The University of Oregon's architecture department
gives us this fascinating site, an exegesis of a famous 1748
map of Rome that uses it to illuminate every aspect of the city.
The voice of New York's community development network for 30 years. Solid reporting on local affairs.
Sharp, yuppie-flavored real-estate site that now covers many major cities; lots of inside info on neighborhoods and projects.
In fact, everything about DC and its region:
planning and urbanism issues, and even neighborhood tours.
An overview of the huge, community-based regional planning and redevelopment effort around New Orleans
Built St. Louis:
Hail to Rob Powers, the maniac who has devoted so
much time and loving care to compiling this unique photographic record
of what St. Louis looks like today (and some trenchant
explanations of how it got that way). Every city should have someone
Urban Review St. Louis:
A tenacious watchdog on everything that gets built (or demolished) in and around the city.
All the details on San Francisco's groundbreaking and comprehensive Sustainability Plan.
Green City Blue Lake:
Created by EcoCity Cleveland, and
dedicated to defining a comprehensive vision for the future designed
One architect's visions for bringing good building and design to Cleveland.
It used to be called 'The Fabulous Ruins of
Detroit', and a complete photo tour of those ruins is still a
major attraction. But Detroit is changing, and this fine site has
become a clearinghouse for thinking about the future, not the dead
Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation:
Everything you want to know about Pittsburgh
here, on the site of this exceptional organization, a national leader in
historic preservation and neighborhood redevelopment for over
The Planning Report:
A good way to keep up with L.A.