Urban Planning

Eat the Fire: Paul Goodman is 100

One hundred years ago Friday—September 9, 1911—a boy was born in upper Manhattan, the “Sugar Hill” area between Washington Heights and Harlem, into a family freshly torn apart.

Where do the children play?

There's a moment midway through PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE that really struck home for me. We see a series of photographs of him as a teenager, as a young man, with a striking, unusually beaming grin.


Many of you may have heard the news that New York City is taking the initial steps—or should I say first pedal strokes—toward instituting a bicycle share system. The city is initiating a public-private partnership to create a network of rent-a-bike stations around town, and on November 23 the Department of Transportation announced a Request For Proposals from potential private-sector partners.

Percival Goodman

Just as undeservedly forgotten as Paul Goodman was his brother, Percival, who was once the nation’s leading synagogue architect.  Between 1936-1979, Percival designed over fifty synagogues and religious buildings around the United States, including the Fifth Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan; Congregation Adath Israel in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and Shaarey Zedek in Detroit.  However, Percival was much better known in his time as an urban theorist who staunchly believed in rational city planning.  In fact, the Goodman Brothers together wrote extensively on American urban planning, such