Want to read and learn more about small streets? Check out these blogs and books!
New World Economics
by Nathan Lewis
This blog is what inspired us to create Small Streets. Lewis is an economist by profession, but he shares a passion for the traditional city and for small streets in particular. The blog may look spartan, but its packs a lot of great content. Lewis uses photos of small streets from all over the world to illustrate his points. We highly recommend his posts.
Andrew Alexander Price
by Andrew Alexander Price
This blog continues in the tradition of New World Economics, critiquing conventional development patterns and proposing real alternatives derived from real-world examples of traditional urbanism. Andrew’s blog also features excellent photos.
by Charlie Gardner
This blog poignantly describes the many design problems of our cities and suburbs today. Like Lewis, Gardner’s primary line of work is not urban planning, yet he uses his acute awareness of the urban environment to critique the urban form. Among other changes, Garnder advocates for narrowing our overly-wide streets.
The Original Green
by Steve Mouzon
The blog and book Original Green elegantly describe true sustainability, which is composed of living traditions rather than green gadgetry. Steve Mouzon, one of today’s greatest minds in urban design and planning, inspires us immensely. Small streets embody the characteristics of Mouzon’s time-tested definition of sustainable places. Mouzon is a true advocate for more lovable and livable streets, cities and towns.
Baltimore’s Alley Houses: Homes for Working People Since the 1780s
by Mary Ellen Hayward
This book studies investigates how one of America’s early large cities solved the problem of providing housing for working-class people and families. Mary Ellen Hayward is the expert on the history of rowhouses in Baltimore. She wrote this book having studied over 3,000 surviving houses on small streets in Baltimore. Baltimore’s Alley Houses brings to life the rich neighborhoods of African American, Irish, German, Bohemian, and Polish communities from 1780 to the present.
Alley Life in Washington: Family, Community, Religion, and Folklife in the City, 1850-1970
by James Borchert
This brings to light the vibrant lives once lived in small streets that no longer exist in Washington. Writing at the end of the age of Urban Renewal, Borchert writes about the rise and fall of Washington’s small streets. He describes the lives of these working-class families and their communities.