In reverse chronological order:
The Success of “Broken Windows” Rightly Understood A review of Patrick Sharkey’s “Uneasy Peace”
What’s Planning Got to Do With It? — The Regional Plan Association Fourth Regional Plan
Island Magic — Hudson River Park
The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is … What Exactly? — Managing psychological cues to make make public spaces seem safe.
Delivering Compassion to the Homeless — What downtown managers can do to provide services to the homeless.
Housing Market Myths and Truths — Basic economics and housing policy.
The Triumph of The Creative Class — A review of Richard Florida’s “The New Urban Crisis” and why there isn’t one.
EATING ON THE PAVEMENT — The value of cramming outdoor cafe’s in even the smallest spaces
The Fountains of Andalusia — The wonderful impact of moving water on public spaces
Putting Out in Public Space — Customer service in public space management
Real Community Leadership — A remembrance of Bill Briggs, founder of Youth & Tennis
He Happens to Like New York* — A review of Justin Davidson’s “The Magnetic City”
People Like/Love Grass — The importance of turf in making great public spaces
Buying the Dogs — The case for NFPs purchasing distressed property as an economic development tool
Jamaica Update – Not According to Plan — Evidence of the power of placemaking as an economic development tool
Improving Suburban Downtowns — Ideas for revitalizing downtown Larchmont
WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE… — Changes in New York City BIDs over the last two decades, BIDs and the politics of homelessness and dealing with bad publicity
What Works — How economic development happens through placemaking
Building Blank Walls — The impact of architecture on public spaces
Engaging the “Deplorables” — The potential for placemaking in rural settings and small cities.
Bass Ackwards — The plans for LA’s Pershing Square
When the Signs Suck — The problems presented by bad retail presentation
The Impossible Takes a Little While — Billie Holiday* — The time it takes to make placemaking work
Vending: The Platonic Form — A model plan for street vending
Selling on the Sidewalk — The issues raised by vending in public spaces
The Solstice, Christmas, York and Place — Year-end thoughts about places
The Fog of Creative Placemaking — What is creative placemaking?
Pissing On Sidewalks — Why surface treatments aren’t that important
Going Beyond Safe and Clean — Rethinking BID service delivery programs.
Make American Downtowns Great Again What makes a main street great?
Race, Class, Equality and Public Space — Dealing with antisocial behavior in public spaces
In Defense of BIDs — Responding to tired old issues raised in Crains’
Say It With Flowers — The power of horticultural programs in downtown revitalization
MAKE NO GRAND PLANS — Why small improvements are more effective than large plans
TAKING SUBURBIA SERIOUSLY — A review of Joel Kotkin’s latest book
Gentrification and its Discontents — Why “gentrification” isn’t a problem
Snowed by Buffalo — A report on a visit to Buffalo
Changes In Jamaica — An update on the revitalization of Jamaica, Queens
More Bryant Park Midcourse Corrections — More changes made to Bryant Park programming
Learning from the Mistakes of Bryant Park — What we learned and how we changed the programming in Bryant Park
Photos from Cleveland’s Public Square — Photos of the new design
When will we ever learn? — Cleveland’s most important public spaces gets a lousy makeover.