Supporters See a Window of Opportunity for Subway Extension
Stepsister cities are too small to be center cities but–unlike office-oriented edge cities or hypertrophic bedroom communities such as Mesa, Ariz., or Aurora, Colo.–they still lay claim to distinct local economies, urban character, and even urban sub-regions of their own.
And although planning’s ultimate goals will always reside in the real world, planners are harnessing this new virtual world in a variety of innovative ways.
A coalition of developers, public officials, and planners has now converged on the barren sidewalks of Century City to see if contemporary planning principles can commingle with modernism.
America’s 200 million drivers and their 10 trillion annual vehicle miles traveled pose possibly the greatest collective action problem in human history. Transportation thus may be the great untapped resource—the Saudi Arabia of climate change mitigation.
Some architects worry that the flood of announcements of buildings earning acclaim from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program can detract from a building’s aesthetic merits and even devolve into a symbol of easy self-congratulation.