Crafting the Narrative of Urbanism: Mark C. Childs vs. Boyd Cohen

Mark C. Childs' new book is an accessible and inspiring tome stressing collective urban action—if only the same could be said for Boyd Cohen's writings.

The planning profession has reached something of a critical juncture. This is not, of itself, a particularly interesting revelation; to hear planners talk about it, our profession is pretty much always reaching some sort of critical juncture, crossroads, etc. This time, however, we might be onto something. I recently finished plodding my way through editor Roger Elwood’s Future City, an…