There a lot of information out there related to aspects of urbanism in its many facets, so in the spirit of academia, a feature here at THINK.urban will be to regularly compile and summarize some recent articles, posts, and other resources. These are brief elements that don’t get their own post, but are interesting reading and worth sharing. And, if you find something of interest, feel free to send us an email and we will include it in upcoming posts.
- The Ecology of Disease (NY Times | 07/14/12) The spread of infections diseases and pandemics can be linked to development, as the delicate balance of biodiversity keeps potential disaster at bay, and increasing encroachment and urbanization could erode that balance.
- The Case for Public Transportation, in Infographic Form (Atlantic Cities | 07/17/12) So-so infographic, but good information.
- The New Geography of the Working Class (Atlantic Cities | 07.12/12) Love him or hate him, Richard Florida keeps on trucking along, with analysis of the production side of the geographic economy in the US.
- SimCity Annouce Trailer Insider’s Look (SimCity) Videos and images of the upcoming SimCity – essential for any urbanerd.
Following up a recent post on exurbs, suburbs, and growth, more on the state of the suburbs:
- Struggling in the Suburbs (NY Times | 07/07/12) Editorial on the continuing economic slide of the suburbs, with the realization that ‘The suburbs were not designed for the poor.”
- The suburbs are still winning (Grist | 07/02/12) Or are they? Guess it depending on what you mean by winning.
- How the Suburbs Gave Birth to America’s Most Diverse Neighborhoods (Atlantic Cities | 07/20/12) Myron Orfield makes the case for diversity of suburbs, and cautions on the stability for any integrated area to resist segregation over time (more expansive post upcoming on this later!)
Some Portland specific links, because we love our local urban laboratory!
- Study: Similar Rules, Different Growth In Oregon, Washington (OPB news | 07.18.12) Comparison land-use laws in two states through different development of suburban areas.
- Washington County sets out on right track for suburban bicycle planning (OregonLive | 07/15/12) The unique challenges and opportunities of suburban bike planning
- The Last Black Bar: African-American Bar Adapts to Whitening Neighborhood (Portland Mercury | 07/19/12) Gentrification and perceptions of race, neighborhood change, and the desire for diversity.
- Portland suburbs build on regions national culinary reputation (OregonLive | 07/26/12) Suburbanism boosted by foodie offerings to expand local restaurant culture, leading to a renaissance beyond chain restaurants in surrounding burbs, particularly focused on ethnic cuisine of local residents.
- Terwilliger Parkway celebrates 100 years (DJC Oregon | 07/19/12) Celebrating the parkway legacy and citywide park system envisions over a century ago by John C. Olmsted, and the dearth of landscapes for mobility that are possible in todays society.