Posts Tagged ‘urban planning’

Downtown Revitalization - The Role Of A Billionaire

Downtown Revitalization – The Role Of A Billionaire

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

In downtown Las Vegas Nevada recently I visited a small business that is the opposite of everything we normally associate with Sin City. The small business made me think about the role of both visionary billionaires and geography to city revitalization. The small, serious, bookstore The Writer’s Block opened last year as part of The […]

Downtown Revitalization - The Limited Role of Government

Downtown Revitalization – The Limited Role of Government

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

I wrote previously about the Downtown Project for Las Vegas NV that I think folks in my hometown should pay attention to. I enjoyed visiting the nascent Las Vegas Downtown Project because it made me reflect on my original questions: How do cities die? And how do cities renew themselves? I’m a ‘market-based capitalism’ guy […]

Las Vegas Downtown Monoculture Problem

Las Vegas Downtown Monoculture Problem

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Texas

I recently visited Las Vegas, NV. I did this in part to lose money at the poker tables, and in part to check out the Las Vegas “Downtown Project” that I’ve read about in recent years. I visited with two questions in mind. First, how does part of a city die? Second, how do you […]

Book Review: Going Going by Naomi Shihab Nye

Book Review: Going Going by Naomi Shihab Nye

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Texas

Teen romance novels for girls are not exactly the bread-and-butter of Bankers Anonymous book reviews, but stick with me for a little while, I’ve got my reasons. Going Going by San Antonio poet and novelist Naomi Shihab Nye is not your typical teen romance novel, although it does follow the arc of a sixteen year-old […]

Book Review: The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Book Review: The Death and Life of Great American Cities

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Texas

Why do some American cities diversify, improve, innovate and grow?  While other cities – most recently and egregiously Detroit – stagnate, shrink, and ultimately fail financially? I’m way outside of my intellectual comfort zone when it comes to commenting on urban planning policy, but reading Jane Jacobs’ classic The Death and Life of Great American […]