• February 2013
  • South Waterfront: What Went Wrong?

    South Waterfront: What Went Wrong?

    Despite a billion dollar investment, Portland’s newest neighborhood has not met expectations. People are quietly asking, “What went wrong in the Central District?” Conceived as a lively 24/7 mixed-use community within the South Waterfront, and blessed with urban renewal money and an ideal central city location, the neighborhood is notable […]

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  • Why Do We Build Cities?

    Why Do We Build Cities?

    Have sociologists, economists, and historians fully explained why we invest so much time and treasure in this enterprise? The city rationally solves organizational problems in commerce, communication, and defense, but is there more to it? Other Sources: Lewis Mumford – “The City in History” Gwendolyn Leick – “Mesopotamia: The Invention of […]

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  • The Fun Theory

    The Fun Theory

    Much of what we call infrastructure is out of sight, buried in the ground. A small percentage is visible and inspiring — certain bridges come to mind. But does the rest have to be a banal and boring presence in the midst of our cities? Are there ways to make […]

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  • Local Values

    Local Values

    Unsuccessful entitlement seekers sometimes express astonishment that a project that “met all the criteria” went down in flames after a late night Planning Commission hearing. It does happen. Just being correct on the legal points is rarely enough to survive the public hearing crucible.

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  • Down Under

    Down Under

    See what cities are doing to reclaim those scary places under bridges and freeways. Portland and other cities are turning leftover land into places for people. Other Sources: Nate Berg – “9 Cool Projects Under Freeway Overpasses” – The Atlantic Cities

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  • Coming Attractions

    Coming Attractions

    CITY presents glimpses of upcoming stories from the worlds of city building, finance, law and governance.  

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South Waterfront: What Went Wrong?

South Waterfront: What Went Wrong?

Despite a billion dollar investment, Portland’s newest neighborhood has not met expectations. People are quietly asking, “What went wrong in the Central District?” Conceived as a lively 24/7 mixed-use community within the South Waterfront, and blessed with urban renewal money and an ideal central city location, the neighborhood is notable […]

Read more ›
Why Do We Build Cities?

Why Do We Build Cities?

Have sociologists, economists, and historians fully explained why we invest so much time and treasure in this enterprise? The city rationally solves organizational problems in commerce, communication, and defense, but is there more to it? Other Sources: Lewis Mumford – “The City in History” Gwendolyn Leick – “Mesopotamia: The Invention of […]

Read more ›
The Fun Theory

The Fun Theory

Much of what we call infrastructure is out of sight, buried in the ground. A small percentage is visible and inspiring — certain bridges come to mind. But does the rest have to be a banal and boring presence in the midst of our cities? Are there ways to make […]

Read more ›
Local Values

Local Values

Unsuccessful entitlement seekers sometimes express astonishment that a project that “met all the criteria” went down in flames after a late night Planning Commission hearing. It does happen. Just being correct on the legal points is rarely enough to survive the public hearing crucible.

Read more ›
Down Under

Down Under

See what cities are doing to reclaim those scary places under bridges and freeways. Portland and other cities are turning leftover land into places for people. Other Sources: Nate Berg – “9 Cool Projects Under Freeway Overpasses” – The Atlantic Cities

Read more ›
Coming Attractions

Coming Attractions

CITY presents glimpses of upcoming stories from the worlds of city building, finance, law and governance.  

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San Francisco’s Trash Auditors

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The Community and Sound – Soundmarks

Soundmarks are the unique sound identifiers of a place. The Community and Sound – Soundmarks from Adore Recordings on Vimeo.

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Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital

The new Randall Children’s Hospital, designed by ZGF Architects and built by Hoffman Construction, is a dramatic addition to the Legacy Emanuel campus in North Portland. The building was recently awarded ‘Best in Show’ at the 2012 Daily Journal of Commerce Top Project Competition. It features sustainable design strategies that […]

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Bikes Lanes by Casey Neistat

Watch out for what gets parked in a bike lane!

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