Whatever Strikes Us Today

 

JUST WHAT ARE WE REGISTERING FOR?

I believe safe decent affordable housing is a fundamental right.  But the proposed mandatory registry for rental apartments in New Orleans is an awful idea. Read More of Neal's Op-Ed on Nola.com

I believe safe decent affordable housing is a fundamental right.  But the proposed mandatory registry for rental apartments in New Orleans is an awful idea. Read More of Neal's Op-Ed on Nola.com

 

DEPENDS ON WHO YOU ASK

... ghettos in America have remained the central point of reference for anyone who wants to understand poverty and segregation. Read more ... 

July 6, 2016

 

NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP?

   

 

 

For the love of god, keep adding homes. Keep adding homes so things don’t get any worse and you’re not trapped in a lose-lose-lose shitstorm like San Francisco. Read more ...

 

WHAT WAS AND WHAT NEVER SHALL BE

Yet for almost every New Yorker, the zoning code plays an outsize role in daily life, shaping virtually every inch of the city. Read more ...

Yet for almost every New Yorker, the zoning code plays an outsize role in daily life, shaping virtually every inch of the city. Read more ...

May 23, 2016

 

No Parking HERE:

You've heard about how robocars are going to upend the economy. But have you thought about what they'll do to urban space? Read more ...    

January 26, 2016

 

PARKS AND REQ'S

Why am I making this pledge? The reason is simple. Government has been a terrible predictor of human behavior – and minimum parking requirements is a zoning standard predicated on human behavior. Read more ...

January 7, 2016

 

A FEW MEW-SINGS ON DEVELOPMENT

If you watch enough zoning hearings, the testimony begins to sound pretty repetitive. That novel argument you’re making? The Council members have heard it a million times before. Here are 9 of the things we hear most often at zoning hearings, illustrated by cats.

November 25, 2015

 

GENTRIFICATION IN NEW ORLEANS

Al Jazeera came to town and got our thoughts on Gentrification in New Orleans:

August 28, 2015

BEYOND SEMANTICS

A GLOBAL DEBATE IS RAGING INSIDE THE ARCHITECTURE COMMUNITY OVER WHO EARNS THE TITLE "ARCHITECT."  Read more

July 7, 2015

 

PATIENCE v. SATISFACTION

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development embraced the trapezoid, dubbed Iberville-Treme, along with an exhaustive New Orleans plan that called for 2,314 apartments constructed within 54 months.

Yet after 48 months — four years — the work in New Orleans is far from done. Read more ...

June 16, 2015

 

A DECADE OF DOINGS AND DISCUSSIONS

  Almost the first thing I learned about New Orleans was how little I understood about Katrina.  Read more ... 

June 1, 2015

 

I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE ...

Protected bike lanes are now officially star-spangled.

Eight years after New York City created a Netherlands-inspired bikeway on 9th Avenue by putting it on the curb side of a car parking lane, the physically separated designs once perceived as outlandish haven't just become increasingly common from coast to coast Read more

May 20, 2015

 

IBERVILLES IN THE BLOGOSPHERE

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New Orleans has never been a city of high-rises but of unique, colorful single-family homes.

Yet nearly ten years into our recovery from Hurricane Katrina, Read more

April 29, 2015

 

CONNECTING THE DOTS to ECOLE BILINGUE

Dot Matrix Rendered

In a move sure to win the hearts of tactical urbanists and placemakers alike, an otherwise solely functional intersection is being transformed into a community destination for Chicagoans — rather painlessly and inexpensively. Read More.

April 24, 2015

 

A ROSE IS A ROSE…OR NOT

 

THIS IS HOW YOU GET ANTS.

  I'm not sure which is more impressive: the fact that the Archer series creators went through so much trouble to create such an elaborate Easter egg or the fact that someone was actually able to crack the multiple mind-bending puzzles needed to reveal it. And from the looks of things, we haven't even come close to the bottom of this rabbit hole.