debauchery (lascivio) wrote in urbcomm,

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Another new urbanist website

One of the more interesting recent trends in urbanism has been the revival of midwestern rustbelt cities such as Milwaukee and especially Chicago. In 1912, Winnipeg was known as "The Chicago of the North," but today has more of a reputation as the Detroit of the north: a ghetto inner city with the prosperous sprawling out into new suburbs and exurbs. TRU is a website offering new urbanist solutions to reinvigorating a once-bustling urban environment.

Winnipeg makes a fascinating case study because it—along with Detroit, Kansas City, and Butte, MT—is a textbook example of a well-functioning, pre-WWII urban environment brought to ruin by car culture, sprawl, single-use zoning, "urban renewal" and mass demolitions, modernist architecture, and the GM Streetcar Conspiracy.
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