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Dateline: January 1968, New Delhi. “Beautiful city, people friendly, but very crowded, solid people in the parks, living in the fort, camped out in the railroad station.” Dateline: January 2019, Mumbai. “There are very few beggars on the streets, unlike the hordes of homeless in San Francisco and other American cities.”
(Originally published on the David Prowler blog as “Medellin” on August 14, 2018) Medellin saw an enormous population growth from the countryside, entire communities driven out by the decades-long warfare among the radical Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC), paramilitaries, the Colombian army, drug traffickers – and their shifting alliances. The United Nations estimates that 7 million… Medellin revised
We hear a lot about “smart growth” in the press, in blogs, and at planning commissions these days. There are folks who support smart growth projects, and folks who don’t. But of course, no one ever couches their opposition to a smart growth project in terms of favoring “dumb growth,” although that’s what they may… What Makes Smart Growth “Smart”
(Originally published on the David Prowler Blog on May 16, 2018) In Paris’ 17th Arrondissement, a neighborhood called Batignolles, there is a small plaza, Place De Levis, that knocked me out. It’s in a bourgeois neighborhood that’s well off the tourist path. It’s small; I’m guessing about 200’ by 500’, ringed by a hodgepodge of stores… The Perfect Place