A few months ago, @turtlekiosk tweeted an idea that I keep thinking about: “In the future shoplifting won’t matter, not because loss prevention or surv…
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JANE JACOBS & URBAN DIVERSITY The Death and Life of Great American Cities, written by Jane Jacobs in 1961, is still the bible of urban planning, probab…
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First, a note about the title—I had no choice, given this week’s topic. But I’m not going to discuss the source of the phrase, because: MANHATTANISM “M…
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Reminder: I launched a premium tier of this newsletter and the first issue went out on Wednesday! I discussed ghost kitchens, the new eminence of food …
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Welcome to the first premium issue! I’m excited to kick this off. GHOST KITCHENS Anna Wiener’s recent New Yorker essay about ghost kitchens and food de…
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I’m taking a break from regular programming to announce an offshoot of this newsletter that launches today: a subscribers-only weekly installment that …
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“Where should I live?” is a popular question to be asking oneself right now. Since long before 2020, Americans have demonstrated an inclination to deal…
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If you live in a large American city, you’ve probably heard a lot of fireworks during the past week or two, and you’ve possibly even poked around onlin…
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In recent years, I’ve tried to keep Twitter at arm’s length, limiting my time with the site and keeping the app off my phone. Until the pandemic starte…
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Judging by my ongoing informal survey of friends, family, and the internet, we’ve entered the pandemic’s doldrums phase. The peak period of widespread …
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The internet always pushes us to keep talking—when we stop talking online we vanish. That’s a problem during times like these, when listening to someon…
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The art critic Dave Hickey, praising his adopted hometown, wrote that “America is a very poor lens through which to view Las Vegas, while Las Vegas is …
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