Oscar Newman

Defensible space debunked?

The NY Times has an article about Oscar Newman’s signature start in NYC and how it has fared over time. It’s not a real positive piece, and the comments are insightful. In the early 1970s, the architect and city planner Oscar Newman came forth with a book and theory called “Defensible Space,” which relied in Read More

UpDayton Summit 2013- Local hopes and odd prophets

Note: This post is long. It’s a Sunday morning, New York Times Magazine type piece, that tries to bring some of Dayton’s recent development history into perspective compared to what Mayor John Fetterman has done in Braddock, Pa., star of international attention. Please set aside 10 minutes to digest it. Dayton, Ohio, is the capital Read More