Technology should be in the service of people, not the other way around

Rendering of Sidewalk Toronto’s Quayside Development in Toronto. Source: Sidewalk Labs

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A westian take on the state of American places.

Artwork for Kanye’s smash hit Stronger. Source: Daft Punk Anthology


Displacement is the real enemy. The only way to solve it is more housing and better protections.

“Gentrify This!!!” billboard Source: Newcastle University Urban Design


An aerial view of Charleston Source: My talented friend Will Fontaine (@Will_Fontaine on Instagram)


The power of first impressions

Entry Hall of the Original Penn Station. Source: Viewing NYC


Pedestrians and bicyclists take in the scenes of outdoor diners in Lower Manhattan. Source: AM New York

The Death of Cities has been greatly exaggerated.


How people are neurologically attracted to certain things, and why we should seek to make places as instagrammable as possible

Amsterdam Row homes along a canal lined with trees
Amsterdam Row homes along a canal lined with trees
Good materials, human scale, visual stimuli and nature on display in Amsterdam. Source: Amsterdam Stroller


America’s cities were cut down with roads paved of dubious intentions. Now, with a chance to correct one of our most destructive legacies, will we rise to meet the challenge?

Before and After Highways & Urban Renewal in Pittsburgh. Source: Brent Bellamy


How Accessory Dwelling Units & Granny Flats can help solve the Housing Crisis

An ADU in Portland, Oregon. Source: dwell


What College Campuses Can Teach Us About Creating More Holistic Communities

The Lawn, The Rotunda and Pavilions I & III at the University of Virginia. Source: News.Virginia.Edu

Coby Lefkowitz

Passionate about cities and the potential to create better places at the intersection of Real Estate Development & Urban Planning. Twitter: @cobylefko

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