Linky Friday #173: Build, Pray, Love
Urbia:[U1] Matthew Luftus makes the pretty straightforward argument that neighborhoods need neighbors.
[U3] Stephanie Meeks makes the case for historical preservation districts.
[U4] Grace Chen explains why she’s joining the exodus and leaving Vancouver. (Spoiler alert: It’s expensive there.)
[U5] Reimagining the cities of the future.
Suburbia:[S1] New Geography looks at sustainability in the suburbs.
[S2] For all that suburbia is supposed to be the land of the isolated, suburbanites are more likely to know and like their neighbors than their city counterparts. Chris Mohney argues that families belong in the suburbs.
[S3] Cities are trying to figure out what to do about the prospect of snake people moving to the suburbs when they have kids.
[S4] A visual history of the filling station.
Ruralia:[R1] Nancy Cook writes about rural planning in the ag sector.
[R3] At NRO, Kevin Williamson says we should let dying communities die.
[R5] Esther Wang looks at the history of Finnish-American coops, a cross between leftist fantasy and Portlandia.
[R6] Trees will make you feel younger and wealthier.
Buildings:[B1] While I love Brutalism because it’s awesome (yay Brutalism!), I also have an interest in architectural designs that aren’t as cool. Here’s a collecting of architects defending such buildings. With pictures!
[B3] Gizmodo looks at the secret (status!) symbols of Victorian architecture.
[B4] Even setting aside the Brutalism (yay Brutalism!), these pictures of Hong Kong are surreal.
[B5] In 2014, Andreas Bernard wrote a really interesting piece on “the most important invention in the history of the modern city”… the elevator that gave birth to the skyrise and the penthouse and a lot more. That’s not something I’d really considered before, but it makes a lot of sense. Also, Fast Company looks at skyscrapers and how they might influence our perspective of space.
Vehicles:[V1] Jason Steffen wants us to change the way we board planes. Also, when to book tickets.
[V2] Once upon a time, 100,000 miles was a lot for a car.
[V4] This seems like kind of a cool app, though it seems to me like most of the time you’re stuck above clouds anyway.
[V5] Johnny Sanphilippo’s piece on the future of autotaxis is particularly astute.
Elsewhere:[E1] Laser Tag Island! Pretty cool concept.
[E2] Abandoned theme parks are something that have always interested me. So do alternate timelines. So images from an alternate timeline where Walt Disney World is abandoned? I’m totally there.
[E3] There aren’t many places that I would pay $700 a night to stay at, but the Kennedy Room of the Grand Canyon is one of them.
[E5] Want to get away? Try a luxurious, private, man-made island!