The Urban Theory Thread

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quincunx wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:20 am
More food for thought

Detroit Free Press - Gentrification misses real problem in Detroit, urban expert warns
This is a better article than the economist piece, which was highly flawed. But I think there are basically two related but still separate issues for gentrification in STL. One is how do we move forward north of Delmar.... that is sort of what the Free Press article gets at with Detroit's deep poverty in large deaths of the city outside downtown where the lion's share of development is. The other is how do we move forward in much of the Central Corridor and South City where the once large population of blacks is rapidly declining in hot neighborhoods, i.e. the more traditional definition of gentrification.
STLrainbow wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:38 pm
^ gentrification is a complex issue and does have different meanings to different people. but what do you call it when (once) majority-black neighborhoods like Forest Park SE, Botanical Heights and Shaw lose black population at dramatic rates while the white population increases?
just to be clear, though, i think gentrification is defined by the displacement of those with lesser economic means by those with greater economic means. it doesn't have anything to do with race implicitly, but it usually aligns with the displacement of black folks in the US (and particularly St. Louis) for obvious historical reasons.
The American Conservative - The Rust Belt Can Do Better Than 'Managed Decline' ... d-decline/
"Design parking garages so they can easily become housing:

https://amp-fastcompany-com.cdn.ampproj ... me-housing
^ Time will tell, I'm sure. I can see the full-on trees-on-buildings style going out of vogue, but I do see the inherent value of green roofs and greenery of similar ilk being incorporated into designs, and wouldn't mind seeing it a requirement in all new builds somehow. I can definitely see some town/city being a trend-setter that way. As a sidenote, I highly recommend to everyone here the YouTube channel that video came from (The B1M). They do some fantastic work in regard to construction/urban theory.

Also have this tidbit to share. Been open in a tab for months and have been wanting to get rid of it, but haven't really found the best forum to put it. I guess here's just as well, since it's more of a 'general' topic. Wonder how much is applicable/practical in this country and/or city?
Streetsblog - Denver’s New Blueprint for Growth Puts Peds First, But Every Street Won't Be “Complete”
Denver expects 189,000 more people and 136,000 more jobs by 2040. And it has a freshly baked guide to shape that growth without getting overrun with traffic.

It’s called Blueprint Denver and it's a sequel to the city's 2002 land use and transportation plan of the same name. Blueprint is part of the "Denveright" suite of plans released Monday, but unlike the plans for transit and walking, the recommendations in Blueprint will be adopted by the Denver City Council. ... -complete/
Is St. Louis Gentrifying?

Gentrification Debates Without Gentrification? - The Unbearable Sameness of Cities ... ities.html
The Unbearable Sameness of Solutions.

There's the old adage I've heard early on in the ad industry....'Similar problems create similar solutions.'

Look at postcards of the U.S. cities in 1930s. Seriously, they all look the same. Brick warehouses, smoke-belching factories, drug stores with Coca-Cola signs, railyards, streetcars. You can easily create pastiches of 1890s America, 1920 America, 1950s America and so on. 'Stranger Things' is only popular because of its 1980s 'pastiche.'

This tattooed, bearded, bestpectacled writer noticed something that has been going since a time when, well, every man sported the same facial hair, wore the same 'bespoke' Wooly Mammoth gaments, had the same collection of hand-crafted, flint stones and lived in the same type of caves caused by the same types of geological forces. And, seriously, those caves all look the same be it Southern France,Southern Missouri....
shadrach wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:21 pm
And, seriously, those caves all look the same be it Southern France,Southern Missouri....
Couldn't have said it better myself. I've been to a lot of US cities. When I travel these days, I mostly don't care to go to cities as I live in one. They're all the same and they always have been. There are exceptions to an extent. There are a couple of plastic amusement parks of one sort or another. There is the Frenchish one. There's the hilly one. There's a little flavor difference from north to south and east to west. But mostly? We've all got skyscrapers, art museums, orchestras, parks. We all have suburbs and repurposed parts. All are good places to live. All have their problems. Even our urban tensions and abandonment can seem pretty dang same. But the fact that one city in the US is kind of like another? And that all coffee houses look kind of Seattle? (Sorry Brooklyn. You too are an imitator there. Not the trend setter. Coffee house culture is clearly Seattle grunge. And literally anybody who lived through the 90s half conscious could tell you that.) But anyway . . . Yeah. We're all mostly the same. And that's okay. Two ears. Two eyes. A nose. Usual set of features. No big surprises most of the time. And when there are? It's not always a good thing.
Curbed - How traveling abroad with kids showed me how to fix U.S. transit ... ids-europe