H-Urban Home Page-- Urban history electronic discussion list's page. Links to research tools, articles, syllabi and urban studies journals.
Radical Urban Theory-- Collection of on-line articles by Mike Davis, David Harvey, Neil Smith and other radical geographers and urbanists.
Cities for Progress--Is a growing network of locally-elected officials and community-led activists and citizens working together for progressive social change. They held their founding convention here in Chicago in June 2005.
Planetizen-- The On-line Planning and Development Network. Don't miss their list of the top planning books of all time and the top planning issues of the year. Must reads all.
Planners Network--A group of leftwing planners, activists and academics who're committed to using the tools of planning to advance the cause of social justice. Actually passed a resolution condemning the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. Urbanists after my own heart.
New Urbanism--A planning movement that promotes the creation and restoration of diverse, walkable, compact, vibrant, mixed-use communities and, regrettably, traditional architectural aesthetics. Not the solution to all of the ills of our major metropolitan areas but a start. The planners and architects associated with the movement gather every so often at the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Citistates--Promotes smart growth, new urbanist design principles and regionalist approaches to urban development. Links to insightful columns by group's founder Neal Peirce and the group's reports on various metro regions around the country.
Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility-- At a moment when architecture has become defined by formalist game playing and navel-gazing theory, this group remains committed to using design for the greater social good.
Architecture for Humanity.-- Promotes architectural and design solutions to humanitarian crises (the refugee explosion, homelessness, natural disasters like the earthquake in Iran etc.) around the world.
Project for Public Spaces-- A nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining public places that build communities.
3 Cities E-book-- A collection of electronic essays on literary and visual representations of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, 1870-1930.
James Howard Kunstler-- Home page for the sharp-tongued author of Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind and The Long Emergency. Includes links to his online essays and to his blog, Clusterfuck Nation. Kunstler is without a doubt the most acerbic urban critic writing today and even when I disagree with him -- as I sometimes do-- I find him a joy to read.
The Cyberhood-- A place where urban studies students, urban scholars, planning practitioners, and activists from across the racial and class divide can find one another and build meaningful relationships. Sponsored by the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) and the Center for Urban Studies at the University of Buffalo.
Urban Communication Foundation -- Promotes and supports research into urban communication, sponsors activities, encourages young scholars, and rewards outstanding scholarship in this broadly defined area.
Metropolis Magazine-- Architectural criticism and news about cities and urbanism.
The Next American City Magazine-- A magazine put out by a self-described "new generation of urban thinkers and leaders" that explores "the ongoing transformation of America's cities and suburbs" and "promotes economic growth and development while encouraging social and environmental sustainability". There are some interesting articles here even if, on balance, it is bit too stridently "anti-ideological" and a bit too enamoured of public-private partnerships and gentrification for my money.
Metropolitan America Research Corporation (MARC)-- Research group affiliated with Metropolitics author and Minnesota State legislator Myron Orfield. Making the case for regional governance, regional planning and tax-base sharing around the country. Includes nice collection of maps showing geographic distribution of poverty and economic resources in various metropolitan regions.
Chicago Metropolis 2020-- Though it is headed by chamber of commerce types, this group advocates a number of sensible, regionalist ideas -- greater investment in mass transit, stricter curbs on sprawl-- that would go a long way toward solving the city's pressing social and economic problems. Too unwilling to attack the root causes of urban poverty (aka capitalism) but still a good source of information. They issue reports on the Chicago metro region that are always worth a look.
Smart Growth-- Anti-sprawl activists.
Sprawl Watch-- A clearinghouse of information on the causes and growing social costs of urban sprawl.
Greenbelt Alliance-- A San Francisco- based group working to protest open spaces and farmland in the bay area. Their resources page has a nifty collection of reports on urban growth boundaries and other sprawl-fighting measures.
National Low-Income Housing Coalition-- Though you wouldn't know it from reading the daily paper, many metropolitan areas in the U.S. are in the throes of a serious housing crisis. This group is one of the few organizations out there working to keep the issue of affordable housing on the national agenda.
Shelterforce Magazine-- The nation's oldest continuously publishing magazine about housing and community development. Put out by the National Housing Institute.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless-- A group that "organizes and advocates to prevent and end homelessness based on [the] belief that housing is a human right in a just society."
The Resident's Journal-- A magazine written for and by the residents of Chicago's public housing projects.
Council on Urban Affairs-- Progressive Jewish group whose mission is "to
combat poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with
Coalition to Protect Public Housing-- An advocacy organization working to protect the rights of public housing residents and the future of public housing in Chicago.
Metropolitan Tenants Organization-- Chicago's main tenant right's organization. Empowering tenants to have a voice in decisions effecting the availability and affordability of housing in Chicago.
Institute on Race and Poverty-- MN-based think-tank that sees sprawl as a racial justice and civil rights issue. Fighting segregation in housing and education on a metropolitan scale.
Race and Poverty Research Action Council--Research on the intersection of race, poverty and place. Links to resources on racial segregation, homelessness and community organizing.
Campaign for Sensible Growth-- An project of the Metropolitan Planning Council dedicated to revitalizing Chicago-area communities through investment in infrastructure and "sustainable" or green design principles.
Shack/Slum Dwellers International-- An international federation of urban poor people's groups. Works on infrastructure and housing issues as well as promoting women's leadership in community organizations.
Light Rail Now-- Presenting the case for light rail, mass transit and walkable neighborhoods. Nice collection of data debunking the myths about light rail perpetuated by the anti-mass transit crowd.
American Public Transit
Association-- An international organization for
the bus, rapid transit and commuter rail systems
industry, based in Washington, DC
HUD User-- Your go-to site for housing and demographic information. Especially useful is the State of the Cities Data System which is a searchable database of information on crime, population and employment broken down by cities and their suburbs.
Knowledgeplex-- Fannie Mae's news and information resource for the affordable housing and development field.
Nation Master-- Huge database of comparative world statistics. Lost of info on world cities here.