Cool Places Archive

The spectacular waterfront that almost wasn’t: South Africa certainly has a history of overcoming adversity, and redeveloping its
What does ‘being like Paris’ mean to a creative?: First of all, I don’t presume to have all the answers to
The humanistic character of Fribourg: One of Switzerland’s best-kept secrets, Fribourg is a town of 33,000 on
My favorite square in Lausanne, Switzerland: In the historic city center of Lausanne, Switzerland, an hour away from
Cleveland’s Warehouse District: Cleveland, Ohio’s Historic Warehouse District is a model example of shifting from
The American Dream comes full circle: What is the American Dream? From the Declaration of Independence (in a
Copenhagen the birthplace of the pedestrianization movement?: Quite often, a movement will have a starting point and a champion.
Tokyo’s bohemian destination: In surveys about where young people want to live, Shimokitazawa, a rare
Reader Exp: “What makes Vancouver great”: Today’s entry is part of my favorite series on this site, ‘Reader
The neighborhood center for creatives in ‘Baires: With the rise of creatives and design in ‘BAires’ (the edgy name
Monocle Magazine’s international cool cities guide: Shouldn’t there be a multimedia magazine by now that captures cool culture,
The ‘little urban experiences’ of Buenos Aires: Looking for a little ‘hands on’ inspiration for a cool town? Venture
Krakow, Poland’s Old Town Square: If the town square is the stage, then there’s no bigger ‘ongoing
The happiest people in the world: …live in Copenhagen, Denmark, say the polls. Continuing our series of looking
The quintessential internet city? Tallinn, Estonia: Where?!!! That’s probably a fairly common reaction. Located south of Finland and
Barcelona is creatively stacked: As stated just previously via Spiegel’s review of Europe’s Coolest Cities, an
An Inside Look at Europe’s Coolest Cities: You’ve seen lots of rankings of cool cities based on opinions, but
How South Beach became popular (before it became too popular): Today South Beach, Miami FL is no longer known as a place
If ever in Mexico City, happen upon Condesa: Words used to describe Condesa, a turn-of-the-century neighborhood in Mexico City: urban,
Pittsburgh’s creative center – South Side: As stated yesterday, every city has its creative center, and South Side,
World’s Best Cities’ to visit (Part 2): We continue yesterday’s entry on learning about cool places, venues and daily
World’s Best Cities’ to visit (Part 1): If you were looking to travel the world to discover and learn
Hillcrest, SD – an inclusive community that doesn’t need a sign: While towns and cities are putting up official signs (see yesterday’s entry)
The city most of the French prefer living in (not Paris): Yes it’s in France, and 65% of its citizens named Montpellier as
Economic Development and Smart Growth: Rarely are they mentioned in the same sentence, but it’s when smart
Reader experience: Pedestrian-only district in Dublin: Since there are too many inspiring places for one person to absorb,
How can Times Square make room for its crowded pedestrians?: Manhattan has a definite problem with running out of space for its
Checking out the SF Bay Area: Over the holiday break I revisited the San Francisco Bay Area to
Vancouver thrives by dispelling planning myths: Vancouver is often labeled as one of the most livable cities in
Why can’t we have places like this?: Why not? Count how many cars there are. Zero. Ironically, it’s designed