Writer, philosopher, poet, athlete, politician — Clive Doucet has been a renaissance man too interested in life’s many possibilities to ever settle down –- except for his passion for cities.

He has been a disciple of Jane Jacobs, first meeting her when he was a student in the Stop Spadina Movement.  Their admiration turned out to be mutual.  She quoted Clive in Dark Age Ahead, and wrote to support his last book ‘Urban Meltdown’.

City of Bath: UNESCO designation in no danger

Editor’s note: For the past half-year Clive Doucet has traveled through Asia Minor and Europe examining some of the... Read More

Village restoration on rails: one Euro to the seaside

There is an extraordinary thing happening in France, the little villages are growing, not declining.  More than a 1,000 villages this... Read More

The City as Machine or the City as Citizen

If I was still a city councilor and traveling around Europe ‘au frais de la princess’ (at public expense), I would be with a group of... Read More

Bottom-up design stands test of time: slaves’ seats still comfortable after 2000 years

It’s been about 1,500 years since the south of France was a Roman province but the remains of that civilization and its 500 years of... Read More

Gritty Bologna is the Cinderella city

Ravenna is only about an hour from Bologna by a slow train but what a difference an hour makes. Ravenna is a three star tourist city... Read More

DOUCET: “Beauty counts”- how Budapest cherishes its World Heritage status

On a bronze plaque, high above the Danube where you have a grand view of the bridges, the Hungarian parliament buildings and the... Read More

DOUCET: Istanbul transit is for the dogs

[flickrslideshow acct_name=”spacing” id=”72157627028572526″] The Istanbul transit system is probably... Read More