Consumer Hype Wanes as Cash for Clunkers Revives
Consumer Hype Wanes as Cash for Clunkers Revives
Photo by ThreadedThoughts. Looks like the Cash for Clunkers frenzy is dying down, just a few days after the Senate pumped another $2 billion into the program. According to E&E News: Consumer interest in the government’s “cash for clunkers” program ...
Returning to Gentrification's Forgotten Block
Alex Block has a response up to my Gentrification’s Forgotten Block series (here, here and here) over at his very, very good blog, The City Block. It gets a lot right and a lot wrong, so I want to respond ...
Ballroom Dancer Seeks "Urban String Theory" on TheCityFix DC
Ballroom Dancer Seeks "Urban String Theory" on TheCityFix DC
A view of two Ohio River bridges from Mount Washington in Pittsburgh, hometown of TheCityFix DC’s newest blogger. Photo by Brent and MariLynn. Editor’s Note: Join us in a warm welcome for TheCityFix DC’s newest blogger, Alex Pazuchanics. If you ...
Gentrification's Forgotten Block, Part 3: Conclusion
H Street, one block north of the GPO. Image via Google Street View.
Having already discussed the specific sites of the Government Printing Office and the Gales School, it’s now time to step back and look at the ecology of the entire block of G Street NW, between North Capitol and Massachusetts. Taken ...
Gentrification's Forgotten Block, Part 2: Gales School
In part one of my series on G Street, I discussed the Government Printing Office and the paradoxes that putting light industry in an office district creates for urbanists. In this section, I will discuss the Gales School. Again, the ...
Le Corbusier's Revenge
Brutalism in London. Photo by ben patio.
Conventional wisdom on urban history states a few things exceedingly clearly. Perhaps the most axiomatic belief about cities is that brutalist architecture is not only ugly but thoroughly destructive. Boston’s City Hall Plaza is perhaps the most loathed example in ...
Cash for Clunkers: “Environmental Effects Will Be Negligible”
Cash for Clunkers: “Environmental Effects Will Be Negligible”
The Cash for Clunkers program is not all that it’s cracked up to be. Photo by ThreadedThoughts. The Cash for Clunkers program, which gives consumers up to a $4,500 discount when they trade in their old vehicle for a newer, ...
Union Station Bike Station Good for Existing Riders, Symbolism
Union Station Bike Station Good for Existing Riders, Symbolism
To let us know that it was moving forward on its Bicycle Transit Center  near Union Station, DDOT updated its Facebook account with a set of new pictures. New media! The station is looking like it’s nearing completion; installation of ...
Transit Experts Discuss Cool Ideas for Mobility-Inspired Businesses
Transit Experts Discuss Cool Ideas for Mobility-Inspired Businesses
Janette Sadik-Khan rides a bicycle to work. Photo via New York magazine. Kate Rockwood of Fast Company magazine interviewed six entrepreneurial transit experts about how to get city dwellers out of their cars for the September issue’s “Fast Talk” department. ...
Gentrification's Forgotten Block, Part 1: The GPO
G Street NW, between North Capitol and Massachusetts. Image via Google Maps.
Between North Capitol and Massachusetts Avenue, G Street NW is a block of urbanist paradox. Two sites, the Government Printing Office and the Gales School, pose difficult to answer questions about the proper place for older, grittier urban uses in ...