ur·ban·ism | \ˈər-bə-ˌni-zəm \

Definition of urbanism 

1 : the characteristic way of life of city dwellers

2a : the study of the physical needs of urban societies

b : city planning

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The choice to stay or go could be much harder if cities invested more in family-friendly urbanism, better day care policies, and improved housing options—and these changes could make parenting in an expensive city easier, too. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why do young parents move away? Our cities aren’t designed for kids," 19 June 2018 Even more encouragingly, the Fallows found that most of these investments in urbanism showed government actually working. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Our Towns: How small cities aren’t just surviving, but thriving," 9 May 2018 Transportation crisis Venezuela has never before in modern times experienced such a public transportation crisis, said sociologist Gustavo Chourio, an architecture professor and urbanism expert at the University of Zulia in Maracaibo. Gustavo Ocando Alex, miamiherald, "With little public transportation, Venezuelans resort to dangerous, illegal ‘kennels’ to get around," 12 July 2018 Portland, Oregon, is a city celebrated for its urbanism and charm. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "In Portland, a neighborhood designs its own solution to displacement," 26 June 2018 As a metaphor, the installation is at once a teasing critique and a tongue-in-cheek celebration of Pakistan’s jostling urbanism, giving exhibition-goers a taste of Karachi without sparing them its vexing particulars. Ian Volner, Curbed, "Pakistan’s first-ever Venice Architecture Biennale pavilion is all about cities," 6 June 2018 Many cities are taking advantage of their 19th century building stock, investing in historic preservation and adaptive reuse, and adding art and music spaces showcases how small-town urbanism is alive and well. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Our Towns: How small cities aren’t just surviving, but thriving," 9 May 2018 Advocates for good urbanism would do well to engage with early experiments like this and try to guide them to uses that enhance urban livability rather than adding to urban congestion. David Roberts, Vox, "Here’s how self-driving cars could catch on," 8 May 2018 Street life and walkable urbanism rank much higher in our values today than in the '70s when the RenCen was built. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Hudson's site project: Your questions answered," 18 Jan. 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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