Category: Urban Form

NYT: Immigrants helping stabilize population loss in some large American cities

I’ve been posting off and on for the last couple of years about ways to counter the population loss in some American cities. That’s a daunting task in some places that saw a couple of decades of white flight and…

NYT: “Is Suburban Sprawl on Its Way Back?”

Correspondent Shaila Dewan with an interesting piece today on a theme we’ve been following: Is Suburban Sprawl on Its Way Back? With the housing market showing something of a recovery pretty much across the nation, will we see a rebound…

Looking at residential density in Savannah, plus photos of three significant developments

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Ever since I started writing columns for the Savannah Morning News (after a few months at Connect Savannah) way back in 2000, I’ve been writing about the need for increased residential density in neighborhoods in and around the city’s core.…

A little more clarity about future arena site in Savannah?

Longtime readers probably already know that I’ve written a lot over the years — at least as far back as 2005 — about potential sites for the new arena that was approved by Chatham County voters as part of the…

Fixing the road to Tybee: where’s the money?

I just wanted to suggest that readers who have safety concerns about Highway 80 — the road to Tybee — should check out a new article by Jeremy Scheinbart in Connect Savannah: Fixing Highway 80; Plans abound, but funding is…

Interesting Washington Post coverage of baby boomers giving up on the suburbs

The baby boom generation was one of the drivers of the growth of American suburbs and, more importantly, American exurbs — those distant neighborhoods outside traditional suburbs and so far from urban cores that they deserve their own name. Many…

More on Savannah’s shifting demographics and the increased diversity on the Southside

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In my City Talk column today, I take a close look at the latest draft map of new council districts for the city of Savannah. I’ve embedded that map below. For best possible viewing, I’d suggest downloading then opening the…

NBC’s Today: The end of the suburbs?

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NBC’s Today show had a piece this morning about the changing lifestyle choices of Americans, who are moving into denser urban areas and core suburbs in significant numbers. We’ll likely never see “the end of the suburbs” in any true…

Savannah River Landing: How much should we care if developers don’t extend Oglethorpe plan?

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I guess I should begin by saying that Savannah city officials and the public generally don’t have a whole lot of control over what happens next at Savannah River Landing, the large expanse of land at the west east end…

Cities and the “Second Life Cycle Blues”

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At one of the recent Metropolitan Planning Commission meetings here in Savannah, commissioners were considering road access to an isolated but sizable lot adjacent to the proposed New Hampstead subdivision at the far west end of the county. The owners…

Where should Savannah’s new arena be built? (If we get one)

In a relatively long post earlier this summer — The need for a new arena in Savannah and the next SPLOST vote — I wrote (with emphasis added): Despite the relatively clear explanations for the lack of money to build…

A closer look at population loss in Detroit

From the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, Detroit just filed for bankruptcy. Here’s how it got there.: — Since 2000, Detroit’s population has declined 26 percent. There are now just 706,000 people in the city, way down from 1.85 million during its…

Savannah as a model for the nation: not 1733, but today

A Savannah ward over the Salt Lake City grid (the 10 acre blocks)  from Gwinnett to Bay laid over the typical mile-square grid.

This is a post by Kevin Klinkenberg, an experienced planner and owner of the New Urbanism Blog, where this piece will be cross-posted. Look for more of Kevin’s posts here at Savannah Unplugged in the near future. From Kevin Klinkenberg:…

A quick tour of Traverse City — and a few thoughts on the National Cherry Festival (photos)

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I was in Traverse City, Michigan, recently for a family reunion. Some of my cousins have long ties to the area, and one of them moved back to that crisp and beautiful part of the country fairly recently. I had…