ideas for cities

This Big City on tumblr is your source for ideas that can make cities better. It is curated by Joe Peach and Lucas Lindsey.

Joe founded This Big City in 2009. He is a Marketing professional and works in one of London's most sustainable buildings.

Lucas is an urbanist, futurist, and blogger. He's the child of a suburban nation, but born again believer in an urban future. He lives in Tallahassee, USA.

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Poor doors: the segregation of London’s inner-city flat dwellers

Poorer residents in capital’s developments forced to use different entrances and facilities
Left, the luxury lobby of One Commercial Street, marketed to wealthy City workers. Right, the side-alley entrance reserved for affordable housing tenants. Photographs: Sarah Lee 

Think the ‘poor door’ phenomenon is US-only? Think again. It’s happening in London too. 

We are here to protect our right to participate in the economy and protect our income.

Never has something as innocent as renting out a room in one’s home to tourists become so controversial. While some say it’s helping build a “sharing economy”, others claim it’s fuelling a lucrative underground economy, promoting the evasion of taxes and contributing to an acute shortage of affordable housing.

For the past two years, Raffaele has been renting out the largest room in his 3rd floor, Barcelona flat to tourists.

This bed and breakfast has been his saviour.

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Currywurst City: Berlin

Currywurst is one of the defining foods of Berlin, and Konnopke’s Imbiss played a key role in making that happen.  It opened in 1930, underneath U-Bahn tracks in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood, and has been serving the saucy sausages to hungry visitors from all over since.

I learned about it while watching a Bourdain episode, and knew that I had to make it a destination when traveling to Berlin.  The food may not be for everyone - I’m pretty sure it grows on you more each time you try it - but the setting and cultural importance makes for a unique urban experience.  I always love when food serves as an activator and connector of otherwise awkward public spaces.

Photos taken April, 2014

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Today we often forget that prior to World War II, every city in America was built for easy walking and biking. In fact, the idea of living in a walkable place is nothing radical. What was radical was the program we undertook to build an entirely new type of human life. We built networks of roadways and freeways like nothing any society had ever seen before. We tore down entire neighborhoods to accommodate these roads as well as the parking lots and garages required by the cars that would travel these roads; at the same time, we ripped out the tracks for streetcars and trains.

Kevin Klinkenberg on the journey we’ve taken to create unwalkable cities