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Island Press Field Notes

A car drives through a flooded street

By Laurie Mazur / On October 23rd, 2019

In the era of unprecedented storms and flooding, unchecked development in the flood plain is a recipe for disaster. But cities can break the cycle of fill, build, and flood.

Model of a multi-level parking

By Erica Sánchez Vázquez / On October 19th, 2019

Urban planner Lisa Nisenson answers questions from the final webinar of our Saving Our Suburbs series with the authors of Suburban Remix.

Farmers Market

By John de Graaf / On August 21st, 2019

Vallejo, California is a great case study in what makes a good city — social offerings, aesthetics, and open access to nature.

Image of the Anacostia River by ThienVinh Nguyen

By ThienVinh Nguyen / On July 3rd, 2019

Tensions around a DC bridge reveal the historical and contemporary realities of how marginalized communities continue to be limited the full breadth of services afforded to other communities, both on land and in the water.

Photo of brick building

By Betsey Russell / On June 28th, 2019

In a city like Charleston, with deep cultural roots and countless historic buildings, the effects of development on neighborhood preservation and the growing impacts of climate change demand a new approach that can address both issues simultaneously.

By Natasha Riddle / On May 29th, 2019

“When it comes to gentrifying neighborhoods, we want to make sure that we’re understanding how the broader community is impacting displacement in DC, whether it’s the arts community or the LGBT community.”

Photo credit: Shutterstock

By Chidinma Onuoha / On May 17th, 2019

In honor of National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day, Island Press is celebrating the power and the freedom of cycling.

By Jada Mosley / On May 10th, 2019

Why are some downtowns in trouble while others are thriving? And what does it take to ensure a healthy future for the heart of America’s cities?

By Cheryl Heller / On April 10th, 2019

Social design is changing how we build and conceive of cities.

By Larisa Ortiz / On April 8th, 2019

Cities that want resilient downtowns must focus on two critical areas: updating regulatory frameworks and addressing the fundamentals of accessibility.

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