Yesterday I wrote about an emerging "new New Urbanism" -- solutions for cities that are fast, cheap, nimble, flexible, and open-source. What does that look like in action? Let's look at a specific example. Some cities have great public buildings, designed at a grand but human scale, that foster civic engagement and a sense of place. And then there's Dallas. The plaza outside of Dallas City Hall, designed by I.M. Pei and completed in 1978, is a notoriously barren and desolate space, rarely used by human beings. As Kaid Benfield wrote a couple of weeks back, the problem was recognized …
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Sarah Goodyear has written about cities for a variety of publications, including Grist and Streetsblog. She lives in Brooklyn. She's also on Twitter.