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Places That Please, December 12, 2008

December 12, 2008

I’m starting a new feature on The Art of Placemaking called “Places That Please.” It’s basically the city planning and urban design articles that I have enjoyed reading over the previous week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

1. The Studio: University-Community Partnerships in Microsize – This is a great article from the head of the City Planning program at Georgia Tech.

2. LEGO is going New Urbanist! – LEGO sets were my favorite gifts to receive as a kid and I still love them. Wouldn’ t you know, LEGOs has come out with three new sets that are very New Urbanist in style. I hope they continue this line with more options in the future.

3. Tyson’s Corner, VA, Tries New Model to Battle Sprawl – Is it possible for a car-saturate suburb to transform itself into a livable city? Tyson’s Corner, VA, is going to try.

4. The Lesser Evil – With the downturn in the economy, public transit boards are facing the decision to either cut routes or increase fares. Michael Lewyn argues that removing routes does more harm than increasing fares.

5. Youth and a Car-Free Prospect Park – It’s good to see young people getting involved in making their neighborhoods better. A group of youth in New York delivered 10,000 letters to Mayor Bloomberg calling for Prospect Park to become car-free.

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