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Lee Lynch

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    Nicetown

    Places Journal

    For decades a working-class neighborhood in Philadelphia has struggled to repair the damages inflicted by postwar urban renewal projects.

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    Directions

    Places Journal

    Giving and getting directions is an unsung ritual of civic life, a measure of local knowledge and belonging. But what happens when your neighborhood, your city, seem to have lost their way?

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    Larimer and Orphan

    Places Journal

    Larimer Avenue at Orphan Street is not a postindustrial catastrophe. Just a corner that people have left alone for a long time.

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    Tent City, America

    Places Journal

    Tent cities are now so common that advocates are campaigning to make them semi-permanent settlements of micro-housing. But is this a genuine solution or a cheap fix?

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    Both Sides of Sunset

    Places Journal

    City of sprawl, city of neighborhoods. City of wealth and poverty, celebrity and anonymity. Los Angeles requires us to peer beneath the surface.

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    Queer Old Things

    Places Journal

    In Paris in the mid 20th century there emerged a zone of queer space — a lesbian archipelago on the Left Bank that was both novel and ostentatiously radical.

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    Good Night

    Places Journal

    Dazzling innovations in urban lighting design and technology are inspiring new ways of thinking about the city at night.

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    A Tower in Manhattan

    Places Journal

    On living in a high-rise near Central Park in the ‘70s, back when the city was less rich and more open.

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    Dallas Is a Story I Tell

    Places Journal

    Memories of growing up in Dallas in the 1960s. When JFK was assassinated, the shared national tragedy blurred with the personal and ordinary.

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    Hating Bourbon Street

    Places Journal

    A geographer upbraids the Bourbon Street haters and scrutinizes the politics of authenticity in New Orleans.

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    Resilience in Red Hook

    Places Journal

    New York’s chief urban designer describes the frightening onset and complicated aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, from the vantage of his home.

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    Expect Everything

    Places Journal

    Los Angeles has been so heavily mythologized — as paradise or dystopia, or both — that it can be difficult to resolve the idea of L.A. with its actual presence.

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    Motor City Breakdown

    Places Journal

    A sweeping review of Detroit’s portrayal in recent books and films.

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    My Beautiful City

    Places Journal

    A story about Austin then and now, and a heartbreak of a house commission.

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    The Emergence of Container Urbanism

    Places Journal

    The repurposed shipping container, now a fixture of urban architecture, is part of a movement that can be traced back to Archigram and the Metabolists in the 1960s.

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    Detroit, As Is

    Places Journal

    Photographs of Detroit that show the city in the present tense — not a symbol of decline, but a place where people live.

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    The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit

    Places Journal

    What if Detroit has become a new sort of urban formation that only appears depleted through the lens of conventional urbanism?

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    Little Libraries in the Urban Margins

    Places Journal

    One of the most promising dimensions of tactical urbanism is the rise of pop-up, guerrilla, and ad-hoc libraries.

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