A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days. Tweet us your favorites with #CityReads.
"Bringing the Details Back to San Francisco Homes," Tom Leach, The Bold Italic
Ever since I can remember, I have always loved to draw the outsides of houses. As a fourth-generation native of San Francisco, I think that the visual stimulation I get from the unique architecture that surrounds me here provides constant inspiration for how to dramatically transform and adorn an otherwise plain and boring box. That inspiration not only fueled my passion for San Francisco architecture but also led to a career as a residential designer. I soon found myself being commissioned to restore the facades of Victorian and Edwardian homes that had their original fronts removed years ago in the interest of "modernization."
"Kale Causes Controversy in New Orleans," Peter Moskowitz, Al Jazeera America
New Orleans residents say there are real reasons the article made them feel so indignant. They say their anger isn’t so much about the kale line, or even the article as a whole, but about a pervasive sense that the power to define New Orleans increasingly lies out of the reach of native New Orleanians.
They say that with each new transplant to the city, and each new article about the city’s hipness, its true identity and real issues are swept under the rug in favor of talk of what Loyola University professor C.W. Cannon calls “New Orleans exceptionalism” — the idea that New Orleans is somehow more mystical and primitive than the rest of the U.S.
"An Imaginary Town Becomes Real, Then Not. True Story," Robert Krulwich, NPR