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The Canadian Invasion of Iceland

  Spacing has a great story about the Canadian “invasion” of Iceland The Icelandic government was understandably upset. They officially protested, pointing out that their sovereignty had been “flagrantly violated” and their “independence infringed” — but they also asked their citizens to treat the occupying forces as “guests”. For their part, the Allies promised to…

New Urbanism’s big impact on medium cities

A quick look at what some huge decisions made by medium sized cities have done since they were made 20 years ago In mid-sized or smaller cities, the effects of New Urbanism can be much more dramatic. In these places, a few good infill projects, livelier public spaces, and new streetscapes can feel like a…

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There’s Basically No Way Not to Be a Gentrifier

The response to yesterday’s post in The Atlantic Cities We know, too, that well-to-do urban neighborhoods that hoard scarce resources aren’t much better. And if you move to a poor or working-class neighborhood with your college degree, earning potential, and cultural power, the rising rents that ripple outward from you and your friends can be…

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20 Ways Not to Be a Gentrifier

Interesting list on building community together in Alternet. Many people think they can move into someone else’s neighborhood and start making it over as their own, regardless of the folks already living there. Without understanding the culture of their new community, these new residents place value judgements on the neighborhood based on the cultural norms…

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Are Malls Dead?

Are malls a dying breed? When the Woodville Mall opened, in 1969, in Northwood, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo, its developers bragged about the mall’s million square feet of enclosed space; its anchor tenants, which included Sears and J. C. Penney; and its air-conditioning—seventy-two degrees, year-round! Two years later, the Toledo Blade published a front-page…