The problems with rebuilding beaches

The problems with rebuilding beaches

Imagine you’re on a beach. It’s flat, it’s wide. With pristine sand. Looks nice, right? Unfortunately, many beaches don’t look this way. They’re narrow, with steep cliffs, and waves breaking close to the property line. This is a beach that’s experiencing erosion. In America, about …

What America’s shopping mall decline means for social space

What America’s shopping mall decline means for social space

Where are you going? This outfit with this hair? Hello, bye bye, I am so at the mall. Between 1970 and 2017, the number of American malls quadrupled. Population didn’t even double in the same time frame. Malls were opening really, really fast. That growth …

Walking while black

Walking while black

You crossed. Take your camera and point it across there at the red hand. That is a crosswalk. That’s a 65 dollar ticket a piece. Get into my car. We just crossed the street, we just crossed the street without following the sign. That was …

Where Manhattan’s grid plan came from

At first, this looks like a perfectly normal map of New York City. You zoom in and there’s Broadway, and Bowery. But then you realize that the map is…wrong. Streets run diagonally and the map adds land beyond the edge of the island. That’s because …

Why so many suburbs look the same

Why so many suburbs look the same

You ever feel like you’re just going in circles? So this is Hallsley, a still-developing subdivision in Midlothian Virginia. This place won the National Association of Homebuilders award in 2017, for best master planned community. And there are a ton of cul de sacs. 1. …