• Ongoing coronavirus / COVID-19 discussion: how is the pandemic affecting your community, workplace, and wellness? 🦠

    Working from home? So are we. Come join us! Cyburbia is a friendly big tent, where we share our experiences and thoughts about urban planning practice, planning adjacent topics, and whatever else comes to mind. No ads, no spam, no social distancing.

We need more parking!


I'm a big fan of this guy's column.


It's just so lovely to tag along with your spouse on a business trip and have nothing more pressing to do than gaze out from a cafe. Except that when you're an architecture critic, every trip ends up as a busman's holiday. There are buildings to look at, cities to compare.

So I couldn't help noticing during a recent junket to the Netherlands that Philadelphia looks a lot like Amsterdam, minus the canals. The houses are also supermodel-thin (just like the Dutch), constructed of brick and squeezed onto narrow streets that don't admit cars gladly.

But the more I looked, the more I felt that Amsterdam lacked something as a city.

Where were all the surface parking lots?