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Urban Planning and Development
News and Analysis from The Nation on Urban Planning and Development
February 3, 2017
Jane Jacobs’s Radical Vision of Humanity
For the great urbanist and social critic, the planning of cities was always an ad hoc affair.
February 2, 2017
Barack Obama Radically Expanded Our Appreciation of African-American History
By preserving sites that have been central to the black experience, Obama helped revitalize our civic religion.
Robert Greene II
January 30, 2017
In the Age of Trump, Cities Will Lead the Way Toward Increased Economic Opportunity
Five steps New York City has taken to fight inequality and encourage more equitable growth.
January 6, 2017
Public Transportation Is a Necessity. Why Does New York Price It Like a Luxury?
It’s time for the city to subsidize MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers.
David R. Jones
December 28, 2016
Trump’s Transition Team Is Stacked With Privatization Enthusiasts
If these officials get their way, America’s schools, roads, prisons, immigrant-detention centers, and critical social-insurance programs will soon fall into private hands.
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December 6, 2016
With Ben Carson at HUD, America’s Cities Really Could Become Hellholes
The neurosurgeon has blasted the agency’s work as “social engineering” and “communist.”
December 1, 2016
Here’s How States and Cities Can Fight Climate Change and Inequality in the Trump Era
Let’s make polluters pay for carbon reduction and invest the revenue in disadvantaged communities.
Robert B. Reich
November 29, 2016
Inside Trump Tower, You Can Hardly Hear the Protesters
A visit to the other White House offers a preview of Donald Trump’s America.
November 4, 2016
Will Florida Voters Be Duped Into Killing Solar Power?
A Florida ballot initiative is written in pro-solar language—but its actual meaning is far more sinister.
October 31, 2016
To Adapt to Climate Change, Retreat Is Necessary
Four years after Hurricane Sandy, many coastal communities recognize that rising oceans mean relocating their residents. But there is no consensus on how to do so.