1. 'Time Slicing' cityscapes at dusk.

    [Photos: Dan Marker-Moore]

     

  2. "The basic idea is that commuters would be allowed to purchase a dollar amount of transit (say, $500 a month) and then use their phones or computers to order transit in the way they might a pizza."
     
  3. "When we plan well, good news doesn’t travel. Only bad news," Barkat said. "We have a huge magnifying glass over our heads. Not only God looks at us, but the world as well."

    -Can Light Rail Still Unite Jerusalem?

    [Photo: Reuters]

     
  4. "If you go into any neighborhood in this city right now and say, ‘How are things?’ people will say to you, ‘I got this problem with this or that. But it’s getting better.’  I think you’ll hear that throughout the city."

    -A Conversation With Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

    [Photo: Reuters]

     

  5. "Eat everything. If we redefine our diet to include more rotational crops, he said, we help ecology produce healthier and better-tasting foods. And stop puffing about how often you purchase dinner fixings from a small grower at the farmer’s market—it’s really the mid-level growers in America that need a boost."
     
  6. The four transportation systems you’ll meet in the future.

    [Illustrations: NYU Rudin]

     

  7. "One Airbnb user wanted to open her home to people for free, an option that that the service didn’t accommodate at that time. So Airbnb changed the system, and at the same time, introduced a disaster-response service for cities that experience natural disasters. The sharing economy can be useful for the mega-events that cities can plan for, as well as the ones for which they can’t."
     

  8. "Systemic forces are at work on a scale that dwarfs consumer preferences. The St. Louis region, for example, spent more than $2 billion between 1990 and 2007 subsidizing retail development, in the hopes of luring in national chains. The net job gain during that period was 5,400 jobs, meaning the region spent (at a minimum) $370,000 per retail job created."
     
  9. I like the new architectural jumble of the West Side including the Meatpacking District, but I miss the more diverse Manhattan that was here when I arrived in 1977. Every block was different, every neighborhood more distinct. Though much of the industrial base had already gone, there was a blue-collar feel to parts of Manhattan along the docks, in the Garment District, and in the various open markets like the Meatpacking District. Manhattan is now about the nexus of money, technology, and the arts. In the old days, you could come here without a firm agenda—a dream was enough. Now you need a business plan.

    -Photographing the Extreme Transformation of the Meatpacking District

    [Photo: Brian Rose]

     
  10. “Fisk’s maps offer a real sense of fragility. They collapse natural and human time in a way that is rather poetic, as the cities and small towns overlaid on the river’s historic meanders remind you that everything is wiped away when you think at a geological scale. Like Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem ‘Ozymandias,’ it reminds us of our hubris and that everything we spend our lives creating will eventually fall victim to the ravages of time.”

    -My 5 Favorite Maps: Bill Rankin

    [Map: From Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River, by W. O. Dement for Harold Fisk (1944)]

     
  11. On National Coffee Day in the States, a look across the Atlantic for some bohemian coffeehouse nostalgia.

     
     
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  13. "It’s good business to map the favelas."
     
  14. Just as they’ve started to revitalize—attracting industry, investment and people—our cities are threatened by new and more vexing divides.

     
  15. The second annual “CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges" will be taking place this week in Los Angeles. In advance of the event, Sommer Mathis and Richard Florida joined KPCC for a series of podcasts. You can listen to the first one here.