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Coby Lefkowitz

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Zillow for sale sign in a residential subdivision. Source: Zillow Media Room

It all started on TikTok. These 5 words could probably explain much of what’s happening in popular culture today. They also inspire fear, excitement, or confusion depending on who’s reading them. …


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Street in Telosa replete with flying cars, delivery robots and saguaro cactuses. Source: BIG

Utopias are easily dismissed. Part of this is in the name. Definitionally, utopia means “no place.” Coined by Thomas More in his 1516 classic, utopias aren’t meant to exist in the real world. …


The Cevallos Lofts in San Antonio, where new two bedroom apartments rent for ~$1,500. Source: Apartment Finder & Apartments.com

Few words are capable of inspiring strong oppositional responses when mentioned. On their own, words are usually anodyne, or broadly accepted to have good or bad connotations. While we may visualize something when we hear the words rose, book, or couch, there’s hardly much evocative polarity associated with them.


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Picture a typical downtown in your mind. What do you see? Historically, it may have been soaring peaks of commercial skyscrapers, the bustle of commuters running to and from the office, and perhaps a local institution like a famed restaurant, theatre, or place of cultural significance. Most, however, wouldn’t immediately…


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Strøget in Copenhagen, one of the first streets to re-pedestrianize after being overtaken by cars.

For the last 70 years, cities around the world have been torn apart, retrofitted, and codified to accommodate 2-ton vehicles at the expense of all other modes of transportation. These deeply engrained patterns have dispersed people and businesses out to a sprawling landscape of dependency, diluted our places of vibrancy…


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Overhead view of a typical residential street. Source: Auction.com

Concerns over high housing prices have been ubiquitous this past year. Even the White House is talking about it. Finger-pointing has increased commensurately to pin blame on the rise. Explanations have ranged from low interest rates, a lack of supply, and pent-up demand (likely a combination of these factors), to…


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A Tesla driving in freeway traffic
Source: Motortrend

Few narratives in the last decade have generated as much momentum as that of electric vehicles. They’ve been heralded as a revolution. Saviors to our gasoline addiction and warriors in the fight for a more sustainable world. Federal departments have noted they have the potential to dramatically improve public health…


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San Francisco city-sanctioned homeless encampment with social distancing squares across from city hall. Source: KTLA/Josh Edelson/AFP.

Homelessness is an artificially created problem. Though it’s a dire reality faced by hundreds of thousands of people daily, it’s a reality that need not exist. This isn’t just idealistic posturing.

The primary challenge faced by any homeless person, definitionally, is that they do not have a permanent home to…


Flooding in Miami after Tropical Storm Eta. Source: Miami Herald

The Ocean is coming. Whether we like it or not, the seas are rising. Slowly, but ever so surely, it will swallow entire places and inundate others. It’s up to us how we choose to respond to this existential threat for hundreds of millions globally, and tens of millions domestically…


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Fenwick, a 310 unit apartment building in Silver Spring, Maryland. Source: SK + I

Many of America’s towns and cities could charitably be described as boring. New development, that is. America is home to an incredible diversity of regional architectural and planning styles. We cherish what makes each of these places special, traveling far and wide to take in their idiosyncrasies and beauty. But…

Coby Lefkowitz

Urbanist, Developer & Writer working to create more sustainable, equitable and people-oriented places.

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