Another year is in the books. As the new year dawned, The Urbanophile turned five years old. I continue to be amazed that what started as nothing has grown into the platform that it is today. Thanks to all of my readers for being a part of it. I greatly value your readership, participation, and feedback. I’m going to keep plugging away at my goal of creating America’s premier place for serious, in depth, non-partisan, and non-dogmatic discussion of the issues facing our urban areas as long as I’m able.
As we kick of 2012, I’d like to recap some of the highlights of last year on the blog.
I wrote a major expose on the culture of clout in Chicago, showing how it cripples that cities ability to achieve its ambition.
I made the contrarian claim that We Do Need to Build More Roads. (Posted at New Geography).
And Jim Griffioen shared a great piece blowing up the myth of no grocery stores in Detroit in Yes, There Are Grocery Stores in Detroit.
Here is a piece on the real problem of innovation. Hint: it’s not a lack of innovative ideas.
I look at why Chicago needs to look beyond just the Loop for economic development (posted to New Geography).
Why the central business districts of smaller cities face challenges far different from larger ones.
A look at some of the best city videos out there on the internet.
A point/counter-point series examining why states are anachronisms and why states still matter.
I tell transport advocates that they should face up to the fact that high speed rail is dead. (Posted to New Geography).
I ask whether Sagrada Família will be mankind’s last ever great artistic statement for God.
Coverage of a cool project in Indy to repurpose stadium seats at bus stops.
Additionally this year two of the community development projects I worked on for Indianapolis came to fruition. The first was the first ever comprehensive Indianapolis Neighborhood Map and the other was the self-guided Walk Indianapolis Architecture Tours project.
Thank you so much again for reading.