Hopefully this list is new and interesting for you. I’ve tried not to include blogs and publications that are too popular — I know every urbanist reads Human Transit, you don’t need me to tell you about it.
- Aeon Magazine features longish articles about culture, tech, philosophy, science, and ideas. I feel like it’s something Malcolm Gladwell would read. (RSS feed)
- Brownbook is an exploration of Arab culture and design. Lots of photo essays and interviews open the door to a part of the world that I’d like to visit more of. (RSS feed)
- Granta Magazine publishes poetry and essays on current issues. It’s beautifully written, and tends to circle around a common theme for each issue. (RSS feed)
- All the neighbours wished me well is a “travelogue of an agoraphobe”. Pointed observations that let me see Southern Ontario in a new light. (RSS Feed)
- David A. Smith’s urbanism blog picks apart stories about housing, development, and economics at local and global scales. He typically does multipart series, spending several days talking about a single issue. He’s opinionated, doesn’t pull punches, and his image captions always make me chuckle. (RSS feed)
- Andrew Alexander Price sometimes writes for Strong Towns, but his own blog is quite good too. He posts lots of photos of the neighbourhoods he visits and lives in, which help illustrate his observations about urban design. (RSS feed)
- Satellite Magazine is a window into the world’s cities from a Canadian lens.
- Daniel Kay Hertz zeroes in on the political geography of Chicago, and it’s fascinating. (RSS Feed)
- Geez Magazine is a independent Christian zine “for wannabe contemplatives, front-line world-changers and restless cranks”. It explores the intersections of faith with feminism, dis/ability, capitalism, and lots more. (RSS feed)
- NOW is a Lebanese news portal for the Middle East. I like to follow the commentary section, rather than up-to-the-minute news stories every day. If you find yourself asking questions like, “What’s the deal with Hezbollah and why are they fighting in Syria’s civil war?” This website will get you up to speed. (RSS feed)
- Briarpatch Magazine is a Canadian voice for social justice, activism, and political criticism. Great left-wing inside baseball. (RSS Feed)
- Holly Wood’s Medium blog is a refreshingly frank take on cultural and political issues in America, written by a socialist sociologist.