The latest in urban planning, placemaking and citizen action:

  • Chicagoans debates the pros and cons of Olympics-driven development as the city vies for the 2016 Summer Games. [Washington Post]
  • A case for keeping the water flowing in 48 public fountains in Kansas City, MO. [Kansas City Star]
  • In Salem, Ohio a new grant brings library programming into the city’s public parks. [Salem News]
  • An in-depth look at the battle between preservation and demolition for the historic Mellus Newspapers building in Lincoln Park, Michigan. [Metromode Media]
  • The New York Times’ Nicolai Ouroussof declares it time to reinvent American cities with bold action. [NY Times]
  • A proposed ordinance that radically reworks sign restrictions causes a stir in Los Angeles. [ LA Times, LA Times]