Earlier this year urban planning was said to be the hot new occupation. Nice! Especially if it means we’ll have more people paying attention to the built, spatial dimension of inequality and poverty? Hope so. No kids, it isn’t all groovy, inclusive charettes and pencil crayon renderings of LRTs. Here’s a couple of recent pieces to help the young upstarts dig into the realities.
Mapping the city. How transit can fix access to jobs in Toronto
How urban design perpetuates racial inequality – and what we can do about it. Our cities weren’t created equal. But they don’t have to stay that way
image: Chicago Transit Authority archives via Flickr/CC
Mississauga is tough for us to figure out at times, even though the suburban-poverty.com office complex has been located in this sprawlalicious place for some five full years now. Surrey, BC? Never been. Both places are mentioned right away in this sensible article asking that we consider framing where most of us find ourselves living a little differently.
Forget downtowns and suburbs: the “in-between cities” are where it’s at
cbc.ca The 180 with Jim Brown
Reconnecting the in-between city
image: Surrey, BC by Waferboard via Flickr/CC
Two strong features from the US that show us car-dependent sprawl is configured quite deeply against those with low incomes.
Image: alden Jewell via Flickr/CC
” …the risk, if you don’t produce a more compact form, is bankruptcy. Other North American cities have gotten themselves into hot water by not doing that.”
Those are words from a planning coordinator in Calgary, Alberta. If they can get their heads around the blessings of smarter, less wasteful development there’s definitely good hope for the rest of Canada.
image: Grant Hutchinson via Flickr/CC
According to this piece, it’s pretty much all over for the suburban office parks of North America. We’re looking at “…a shift to a more European model, of fantastically wealthy cities and increasingly slummy suburbs,” says the author. Ouch!
This is how the suburbs die
For International Women’s Day we thought to first share a longish feature from The Guardian. Written in 2014, it’s about who gets to design our communities. The second shorter piece is about a specific item of social policy and women.
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