The City Space

Cultivating Urban Understanding


About the Space

Walking the Highline - New York City - Rachel QuednauI love cities. They exist at the locus of politics, people, economics, religion and culture. At their best, cities can be accessible, enriching places for people of all backgrounds and identities. However, our cities are also threatened by a lack of resources, a persistence of prejudiced principles, and a failure to seek long-term solutions as collective communities. Part ode and part open discussion, this blog is a witness to the many facets of urban life.

I’ve spent some time with local and national agencies that work to improve cities, but I’m writing here because I want to learn more (and I hope you do too!). I’ll be profiling diverse city residents and spaces, tackling the issue of homelessness, reflecting on my urban experiences and generally engaging in a dialogue about how we can uplift our urban communities.

Welcome to the City Space.

About the Author


I’m Rachel. I grew up in Minneapolis, MN, and now I live in Milwaukee, WI.  I’ve also lived in Ballyvaughan, Ireland, Walla Walla, WA, Washington, DC, and most recently, New York City. In my current job, I do communications strategy and writing for Strong Towns, a national nonprofit advocating for a model of development that allows America’s cities and towns to grow financially strong and resilient.

My passion for cities runs deep so I’ve sought diverse opportunities to engage it—from a small nonprofit that builds community through filmmaking to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. I am equally at home behind a camera, in front of a classroom, leading an interfaith dialogue or cooking a meal with friends. You can also find my writing at Strong Towns and Urban Milwaukee.

If you’d like to talk to me about your city or have any comments or questions, please get in touch.

Email: rachelquednau [at] gmail [dot] com

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Note: My blog header was designed by the one and only Michael Quednau. Check out his work here.

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