Enabling local affections involves hard work from individuals, locally embedded institutions, a built environment scaled to people, and community-focused habits and practices.
We at Common Place over the past year read numerous articles on issues facing our cities and communities. Here are our favorite reads.
For Marc J. Dunkelman, the verdict is clear: “The township, in essence, is dying.”
The Greeks believed humans could only achieve their full potential in the context of a city and perhaps no city built by Greeks aspired to this goal more enthusiastically than Constantinople. As a truly natural city, could this former Byzantine capital serve as a paradigm for sustainable urbanization and green growth in cities today?
Recognizing that our urban projects and amenities are always implicated in the larger natural world should drive us to build and use with care.
From economic protectionism to police brutality to plain old corruption, small governments get into a lot of big brotherish kind of trouble. But if local government is sometimes bad, the alternative is not always better.
In Peter Levine”s new book, he offers guidance and insights for renewing the civic landscape around citizen deliberation and participation.
Noah Toly review of Benjamin Barber”s new book If Mayors Rules the World offers critical insight and originality into current discussions regarding the future of urban governance in a globalized world.
Why did GDP become so popular and so widespread, and why are so many people critiquing it today?