Beyond Freeways: Commerce, Community, and Contention along Los Angeles’s 710 Corridor

How a freeway crushes communities, how residents are fighting back plans to make it even bigger, and what alternatives have been presented to yet more of the same…. By Justin Gerdes Photographs and additional reporting by Leila Dee Dougan Edited and with an Introduction by Richard Risemberg Produced by Richard Risemberg and eByline Introduction By […]

Urban Studies

Reform in Chicago: Pullman and Hull House

The Charles Hull mansion was built in 1856, in a sparsely populated rural area to the south of what was the Chicago city limits. By the time Jane Addams arrived in 1889, the Hull Mansion was in an urban setting. In the thirty years between the time Hull built his mansion and Jane Addams established […]

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The Enduring San Antonio River Walk

When I was in graduate school and working at the City of Akron, officials there made a trip to San Antonio to see how that city had developed its River Walk. Many cities in the United States had canals, but that mode of transportation was replaced in the mid 19th century by railroads. More than a […]

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A Trip to Minneapolis and the Road to Bike Sharing

Arriving in Minneapolis was fraught with a few frustrations. The walk through the airport to a light-rail station without the need for a connecting bus was convenient enough. But with the skyline in sight, the train stopped. It seemed track work this weekend would mean we’d have to get a shuttle bus for the remainder […]

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Other Recent Posts

Valet Parking Blocking Streetcar

Call it bad planning or obnoxious behavior, but valet parking for restaurants at the corner of Hall and McKinney in Dallas are being permitted to block the streetcars running on the M Line on a regular basis. Today it seemed to take five to ten minutes for “Rosie” to be allowed to pass the intersection […]

Free for All–the Baltimore Free Store

(by Amy McNeal) So many of us have too much stuff. We continue to buy more stuff, while looking for ways to pack the maybe-I’ll-need-it-someday stuff we have into our homes. Who wants to throw away a perfectly good blender, or those old sheets for the bed you got rid of? We hesitate to just trash […]

Earth Day

(Originally posted in May, 2001, but still all too relevant) Earth Day came and went as modestly as a ninety-year-old virgin last week, but before it shuffled back into obscurity, I was tabbed to give an Earth Day speech at a local prep school. Before my turn came to talk, the science teacher announced the winners […]