I’ve written a lot of articles on a lot of subjects over the past three and a half years, and while I’ve got topic and city listings on the left sidebar, I haven’t necessarily created good thematic indexes. So I’m starting an occasional series where I will highlight articles from my archives on various subjects. Today I’m going to highlight posts about Chicago and New York.
Chicago: A Declaration of Independence – A major survey post from early 2009 examining the city, its transformation in the global era, and challenges it faces for the future.
Corporate Headquarters and the Global City – A look at how a reconstituted concept of an executive headquarters is bringing corporate HQ’s back to the Chicago Loop.
Metropolitan Linkage – Part of a series I did called “Reconnecting the Hinterland” about seeking ways to profit from re-establishing relationships between Chicago and its traditional Midwest economic region.
I was actually honored by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce for my innovative ideas on public transit in Chicago. Here are some of my writings on Chicago transportation.
Chicago Transit at a Crossroads – A recent series of CTA doomsday cut threatens the very nature of Chicago over the long term.
Before the CTA cuts described in the article above hit, I wrote a five part series called “From Good to Great”. With apologies to Jim Collins, its a look at how to take transit in Chicago the next level, with a meta-program applicable to most cities.
- Part One: Building the Vision
- Part Two: Raising the Bar on Design
- Part Three: Cost Control and Governance
- Part Four: Paying For It
- Part Five: Getting It Done
High Speed Rail – A lengthy post talking about the proposed Midwest High Speed Rail system.
Transportation and the Burnham Plan – A look at Daniel Burnham’s prescription for Chicago transport.
Architecture and Design
The Streetlights of Chicago – It is no secret that I am not a fan of the Chicago streetscape design approach, which is epically banal and explicitly suburban. This post takes a look at one aspect of it, street lights, and shows how Chicago went from world class to an also ran. (Contrast with New York below).
High Mast High Jinks in Chicago – A post about how IDOT started lining Chicago expressways with huge cell phone towers, I mean high mast lighting towers, instead of human and urban scaled light standards.
Pride of Place – A nice flourish on Chicago’s traffic control signs.
A two-part review on the fantastic Modern Wing at the Art Institute:
By the way, as part of re-imagining Monroe St. I propose adding a separate and protected bicycle track along it through the Loop, linking the West Side to the lakefront. Rumor has it that the Central Area Plan Committee is looking at this. I hope they plan to give me credit for the idea.
Pecha Kucha: Urban Design Disasters – This 20×20 presentation was actually given in Indy and designed to have some fun at Chicago’s expense, so is not to be taken entirely seriously – though there are some good points in there!
Last year was the 100th anniversary of the Burnham Plan of Chicago. I did several articles on this in addition to the transportation one above. Here are some of them.
What Made the Burnham Plan Successful? – A look at a few of the key points, with lessons that are still applicable today.
Quotes from the Burnham Plan – A few choice passages.
For New York most of what I’ve written has been about the amazing transportation transformation that is happening at scale there. I think it is fair to say that New York has seized the mantle of transportation leadership in America under the leadership of Mayor Bloomberg and transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.
Leadership in Transportation Design – Highlights of the winning program in the Big Apple.
Another Epic Public Space Win in New York – A look at the winning entry in New York’s sidewalk shed design competition.
Janette Sadik-Khan on Changing the Transportation Game – Sadik-Khan tells us how to make it happen.