They have a long history, and they have been our "public living room." Some cities and towns that have lost their central gathering places are trying to re-create them.
It seems logical that we would be rushing to turn vacant office buildings into apartments and condos. So far it’s not happening on a large scale, but there are reasons to think it’s in our urban future.
The famous road in Austria’s capital is a masterpiece of monumental design. But it’s no model for American planners to emulate.
It’s not a household name, but it’s a place with a distinct culture and a raft of economic opportunities.
We used to allow homeowners to operate commercial businesses on their property. By and large, it worked. We can do it again. Say hello to “accessory commercial units.”