Highlights from TheCityFix DC

A few highlights from our TheCityFix DC site-if you’re not reading it regularly, you’re missing out:

LEED Neighborhood Development Wants You to Build More More More: Why doesn’t LEED-ND certify already existing neighborhoods? It’s one more example of green consumerism, or, as I like to call it, eco-narcissism.

Uncovering The Militarized City: D.C. is the strongest example of a national trend. Urban space is increasingly being reshaped to serve the ends of security: guards, gates, guns, cameras, cops, and so on.

Fares and Fairness: A long look at the economic and philosophic justifications for how high subway fares actually ought to be.

Symbols Matter: Fairfax City or Fairfax County: An urbanizing county outside D.C. is considering becoming a city. I argue that looking at just the policy outcomes-transportation and taxes-misses the much more important symbolic weight of choosing to call yourself a city.

World’s Fair 2010: “Better Cities, Better Lives”: The Shanghai 2010 World Exposition is on the theme “Better Cities, Better Lives.” A brief history of the importance of World’s Fairs in urban design.

Urban Renewal By Any Other Name: Why the vogue for “shrinking cities” is just the same old argument for urban renewal. And we know how that ends.

Gender and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance: Why are there three times more male bikers in New York than female bikers and what can we do about it?

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