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Brand Avenue 2012-06-22 20:47:24
In a spectacular Web post, Patterson, the county executive of Oakland County, Mich., continued to wax poetic on the topic: ?I love sprawl. I need it. I promote it. Oakland County can?t get enough of it. Are you getting the picture? Sprawl is not evil. In fact, it is good ? [it] is new jobs, new hope and the fulfillment of …


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Brand Avenue 2012-06-11 00:34:58
When someone says they love a city ? or hate it ? they are often telling you what they think of the version of themselves they see reflected in it. They love ? or hate ? who they are in that city. I love Berlin, Seville, and New York. I came to a grudging kind of love for Delhi. I fell …


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Brand Avenue 2012-06-11 00:32:14
What ultimately separates my living situation from those of the characters on Sesame Street is its impermanence. Television shows are often accused of simplifying life, creating problems that will all be solved within a half-hour or hour. But the beauty of Sesame Street is its permanence, even in the midst of constant, incremental change. Gordon the schoolteacher has been played by …


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Brand Avenue 2012-06-11 00:16:17
What D.C. hasn?t yet figured out, or even really planned for, is what happens when this raft of newcomers grows out of one-bedroom condo living. What happens when their lives evolve past the urban-playground stage and they are less interested in speakeasies than in parks for their kids?Caroline Armijo and her husband joined the wave of new D.C. residents when they …


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Brand Avenue 2012-06-11 00:13:53
If you took all the clichés about horrible urban design and shoved them into 75 acres, you?d probably end up with something pretty close to Dallas? Victory Park. A pre-planned billion-dollar collection of imposing hyper-modern monumental structures, high-end chain stores, enormous video screens, expensive restaurants, a sports arena and tons of parking, completely isolated from the rest of the city by …


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Brand Avenue 2012-06-11 00:08:43
Susan Messier?s career in television journalism took her to such places as Bluefield, West Virginia, and Erie, Pennsylvania. There were also stops in western Texas and, most recently, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Although she and her husband, Jon, established themselves in each TV market, they also continued to seek out a community in which to put down permanent roots. ?We wanted to find …


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Brand Avenue 2012-02-21 19:34:27
For a city to be worth seeing, there must be something unique about it, said Douglas Coupland. A Vancouver native, Coupland is an artist and novelist famous for his book Generation X. He?s also the author of a number of non-fiction books, including City of Glass, which features a collection of essays about Vancouver. He?s a proud Vancouverite, and though he argues …


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Brand Avenue 2012-02-21 19:33:24
Creative destruction will continue to wreak havoc across the global economy. The experience of Rochester, San Diego, Pittsburgh and other cities in surviving offers several lessons. The first is to make better use of local intellectual capital, starting with universities. One challenge Rochester faces is replacing the young people who once came to work in Kodak?s laboratories. Here?s …


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Brand Avenue 2012-02-21 19:31:10
Coffee is the fuel of the modern world. When Europeans began drinking less ale and more caffeinated beverages in the 17th century, and talking about ideas rather than just seeking a break from manual labor, the Age of Enlightenment was born.Today, in many American cities, there are coffee shops on every corner, whether they?re independent cafes or Dunkin? Donuts or Starbucks. …


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Brand Avenue 2012-01-10 23:18:42
Last year, Sha Stimuli, a 33-year-old Brooklyn rapper, packed up and moved to Atlanta.  He wanted to widen his audience, he says, and the South beckoned. He?s not the only one moving on. In recent years, there is a growing sense among hip-hop heads that New York, and Brooklyn in particular, is passé. While there are still stars emerging from the borough, …


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Brand Avenue 2012-01-10 23:11:18
It seems as though there is a highly compartmentalized, perhaps sanitized, version of quaint Montréal we present to tourists and visitors on a scale that resembles cartoonish stereotypes of American excess. We don?t show the outside world what makes us powerfully unique and a thoroughly desirable place to live. No, instead, we put a dinky local spin on what remains a …


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Brand Avenue 2011-12-20 22:59:55
The stars of the romantic comedy Sex and the City spent six seasons searching for love. Relationships came and went, Big, Aidan and the Russian, but the love affair that remained constant was the one they had with their city. Their emotional connection to the vibrancy, character and style of New York was the show's consistent thread.... While urban design has focused …


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Brand Avenue 2011-12-20 17:06:49
Truth is, the locus of innovation has been shifting away from the technological to the social, and from engineers to ?culturistas? for some time now. It?s no accident that Kickstarter began through indie music (trying to find a new way to fund concerts) and is headquartered on Rivington Street (and soon to move to Brooklyn). It?s no accident that a large …


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Brand Avenue 2011-12-12 17:29:49
Does the perfect neighborhood that suits everyone exist? As an experiment it?s interesting, and also for bloggers and other media it?s nice. But can IKEA do the same to urbanism as what it did to interior design? Is it able to create neighborhoods that are as comfortable, cheap, good-looking and popular with the majority as its furniture? Perhaps it can, …


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Brand Avenue 2011-12-12 17:19:27
As Portland grows and changes, is there a sense of resentment from locals as new people come in and create their own vision of what they want from the city? It?s not so much that. Really, any new resident has that sense where you go to a place and you want to shut the door behind you. People discover Portland in a …


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Brand Avenue 2011-11-18 20:48:57
When Jennifer Keesmaat began thinking about how to transform the boomtown heart of the oil sands into a thriving centre, she grew slightly despondent. ?When we started in Fort McMurray, the very first thing we said is, ?This is the twilight zone. No rules that apply anywhere else apply here,? ? said Ms. Keesmaat, an urban planner with Toronto-based Dialog, which has …


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Brand Avenue 2011-11-18 20:44:11
The success of Korean food in Philadelphia is part of a larger story of how the city has been able to cultivate a wide-ranging international food scene. Former Inquirer food critic Rick Nichols told Zagat that the city is an destination. Much more culinarily advanced, he argues, than Washington or Boston. "People [here] are curious eaters," Laban says. "They don't just …


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Brand Avenue 2011-11-18 20:32:44
Hey, world! Buffalo is calling! And it wants you to know its steel mills closed down like 30 years ago, the Blizzard of 77 is so yesterday, and the Buffalo wing was invented way back in 1964. Your impressions of Buffalo are so out of date. This is the 21st century. Buffalo is turning the page. We?re getting wealthier, smarter, and more …


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Brand Avenue 2011-11-18 20:27:47
Florida has its key lime pie, Idaho its potatoes and Georgia favors grits as its official state food. Arizona, hungry to lay claim to a state food of its own, is circling the chimichanga. There is a fierce rivalry here over who exactly dropped the first burrito into a vat of hot oil and thus invented the chimichanga. But evidence supports …


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Brand Avenue 2011-10-18 14:19:39
In many ways, as pundits are noting, Detroit is starting to become a feel-good symbol for a weary nation. The auto companies reinvented themselves -- yes, General Motors and Chrysler partly did so with government help -- with innovative products like the electric Chevy Volt. Some developments surprised us, including the reopening -- after so many false starts -- of the Book-Cadillac …


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