Love Our Cities

Love Our Cities was our March 2024 book about how citizens who volunteer for community improvement projects can change a city. It’s also the name of the organization founded by the book’s authors to spread the idea nationally. One of the authors, Eric Jung, talked about the idea, the organization and the movement it inspired…

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Streetfight

Streetfight was the subject of our November 2022 discussion. It’s a book about how New York reclaimed some of its streets for pedestrians, cyclists, transit and other uses. The author was the city’s crusading transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan. In a 2018 interview, Sadik-Khan talks about one of her efforts, building protected bike lanes. And she…

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Golden Gates

Golden Gates is a book about California’s housing affordability crisis that we discussed in March 2023. In our discussion, we looked for ways Urban Atlanta could avoid a similar fate. So what has California done since this 2020 book was published in dealing with its crisis? In April 2023 New York Times columnist Ezra Klein…

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Right of Way

A theme of Right of Way, our book for November 2023, was the influence that state transportation departments’ design manuals had on highways and roads, much of it wrongheaded. A study by Johns Hopkins University verifies this. It looked at car crashes on state roads with 12-foot lanes (the kinds recommended by the manuals) versus…

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Paving Paradise

For an overview of how parking shaped Los Angeles and other cities, including Atlanta, listen to this 99% Invisible podcast. It also has an interview with Paving Paradise author Henry Grabar. We discussed his book in January 2024.

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