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The Reinvention of American Cities

Over the weekend, Times architecture critic Nicolai Ousoussoff published an article talking about the need for cities to drastically reinvent themselves and for urban planners and civic leaders to start thinking about city planning in a different way. Cities, being incredibly important creative and economic..


Over the weekend, Times architecture critic Nicolai Ousoussoff published an article talking about the need for cities to drastically reinvent themselves and for urban planners and civic leaders to start thinking about city planning in a different way. Cities, being incredibly important creative and economic centers, he argues, deserve a better functioning design. He cites as an example a plan to dig up the Los Angeles river and replace it with a park, as well as more nebulous projects in the Bronx and in Buffalo, New York (we'll be talking more about Buffalo later in the week, stay tuned). The most interesting is Ousoussoff's endorsement of a "National Infrastructure Bank" (you can read a proposal for it here; a bill was introduced into the Senate to form such a bank in 2007, but it seems to not have gone anywhere), a World Bank-esque entity that would fund public projects like this, as cities are often unable to pay for the most ambitious and forward-looking ideas that they need. Check out the whole article here.Photo by J. Emilio Flores for The New York Times
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