The Kowloon Manifesto

Because dense urbanism is good

About this site

This site is inspired by a post from tumblr user centrally-unplanned.

This site is adapted from centrally-unplanned’s tumblr posts, with a generous helping of others’ work. Where possible, sources are cited.

This site is not affiliated with centrally-unplanned; it probably operates without their knowledge.

This site has a distinctly American bent because that’s where the maintainer currently lives.


This site built and maintained by Ben Keith. To comment, message him on the fediverse. To contribute, make a pull request to this site via GitHub.

This site costs about USD$15/year to run; if you want to give someone money for it, try giving tumblr user centrally-unplanned a gift and then donating to Strong Towns.


Typeset in League Gothic using Fitty and FontFaceObserver, and your system’s default fonts for everything else. Web design based on the Slate theme for GitHub Pages.

Footer image is A street at the edge of the city at night by Ian Lambot - Ian Lambot. City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City (ISBN 1-873200-13-7). 1993., CC BY-SA 4.0,

Header image is a modified version of Kowloon Walled City, Kowloon, China (Cropped).tif by Paul Rudolph, between 1960 and 1980, from the Library of Congress Paul Rudolph collection.