December 7, 2018

Libraries are really the last great public space we have. And this is the direction they should be going in. The broadening of their collection to include technology not only expands libraries’ audience and value but introduces otherwise sheltered citizens to the (some...

December 5, 2018

Whether it's because of the scarcity of land, higher construction costs, or an economy of scale, the upshot is that the majority of new urban construction looks the same, isn't particularly attractive, and ages poorly. This doesn't help the YIMBY movement at all. Peopl...

December 3, 2018

The libertarian ethos behind food delivery companies is undercutting the public space benefit of restaurants. The ease with which we can order what we want delivered to wherever we want means we can stay in our own private bubble no matter where we go. And the repercus...

December 1, 2018

Like the name East Cut or not (and I’m in the minority that doesn’t mind it), that name is going to stick. Not least because the turnover in that neighborhood is so high and the newcomers won’t know the name is brand new.

November 29, 2018


This is like a bat signal for Department of Here. The cities that are home to the closing GM plants are having to completely re-think who they are. For so long their personality has revolved around manufacturing cars and the parts that go with them. With the factories...

November 23, 2018

The pinnacle of this is when they get an employee to wear a placard.

November 15, 2018


These people are coming at the same problem Department of Here works to solve, only from a different direction. We look to create durable relationships between communities and their physical space, they look to stimulate growth and ensure the subsequent real estate va...

November 13, 2018

"Healing the nation's wounds" may be a bit strong, but these newly (again) popular forms of community infrastructure are also a fantastic tool which cities can use to express their personality, both intentionally (through their design) and serendipitously (when residen...

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