I’m stoked for the release of User-Friendly Urbanism: Against Preservation for its Own Sake, a series of essays curated by the always-incredible Sonya Mann! My essay ‘Intermission’ discusses a few of my experiences in cities and the idea of modern-day occupation in America. Get your copy here and check out the description:
Cities are struggling to satisfy their residents. The officials, elected or not, scramble to make good on their promises. Rents keep rising while incomes stagnate. At times the metropolis plays host to socioeconomic conflicts that feel apocalyptic.
In this atmosphere, urbanists should borrow a term from tech, and consider how to create a user-friendly city. Such a city is not only walkable and smogless. Macro conditions matter as well. User-friendly cities are shaped by policies that nurture the residents and local businesses. Broadly, user-friendly urbanism prioritizes human beings rather than the dead matter of the built environment they occupy.
[photo by Sonya]