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Bookshelf reveals community dysfunction

In Leawood, Kansas, the front-yard book kiosk of 9-year-old resident Spencer Collins was cited as an illegal accessory structure.

Wed, Jul 16th 2014 1:42pm
Moving beyond 'smart growth' to a more holistic city agenda

Smart growth and smart transportation – as important as they are to the future of our communities and our planet – are not nearly enough to produce sustainable communities.

Tue, Jul 8th 2014 8:40am
Univ. of Miami School of Architecture holds Capstone Workshop in the Little Santo Domingo

The School of Architecture’s tradition of community outreach continues through the Capstone Workshop held in the Little Santo Domingo area of Allapattah from May 19-May 23.  The workshop assists communities with visioning, architecture, urban design strategies, feasibility studies and development scenarios.

Mon, Jul 7th 2014 11:23am
Connections, community, and the science of loneliness

What if our family had lived in a walkable neighborhood? These sorts of places are the ones rich in social networks, which – interestingly – build neural networks.

Wed, Jun 25th 2014 12:02pm
What makes a good Main Street work?

While some Main Streets seem well past their prime, others – like Corning’s – remain thriving to this day. Why? Location is important, but design and context also matter.

Wed, May 28th 2014 2:07pm
What is the new American Dream?

The new American Dream is about place, and that brings people and communities together. The 20th Century American Dream tended to pull cities and towns apart. 

Tue, May 27th 2014 3:21pm
Top 10 reasons for a new American Dream

For three generations, the American Dream was largely defined by continual suburban expansion. A new urban dream has emerged, and it is here to stay.

Fri, Apr 18th 2014 10:12am
People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities

A book by By F. Kaid Benfield, Island Press, 2014, 304 pp., $25 paperback or e-book

Wed, Apr 9th 2014 5:27pm
Smart growth and strong mayors

Inspiring stories of visionary leaders are splendid, but it is more reliable to build "champions" from the bottom up.

Thu, Mar 20th 2014 12:54pm
The thorny matter of gentrification

Surely we haven’t reached the point where making inner-city neighborhoods more attractive to more residents is a bad thing. And does anyone really have a right in the US to keep newcomers out?

Mon, Mar 17th 2014 12:35pm
Enough about the Millennials already!

Be careful about lazy research.

Wed, Mar 12th 2014 6:16pm
Small town hip

Berlin, Maryland, was named the "coolest small town" in America by Budget Traveler Magazine. It's charm has been due to planning decisions in addition to historic main street.

Wed, Mar 12th 2014 12:32pm
A wiser way of counting

Coming together under a big tent for synergistic growth that contributes to strong communities. This is the concluding essay in a 3-part series.

Fri, Mar 7th 2014 5:37pm
How Mesquite, New Mexico, survived 'urban renewal'

Crossing Campo Street from downtown Las Cruces into the Mesquite Historic District is like crossing between two urban worlds that are often misunderstood.

Wed, Mar 5th 2014 12:25pm
New urban math

To forge a coalition for urban places, let’s start by trumpeting an important fact: The value of cities and towns transcends simple arithmetic. Part 1 in a 3-part series.

Mon, Feb 24th 2014 11:42am
The life and death prospects of community ties

As urbanists, we know that our innate desire to feel connected is nothing trivial.

Mon, Feb 3rd 2014 10:07am
The upside of gentrification

An article discusses a topic that is seldom mentioned, how the lives of existing residents are improved by "gentrification."

Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 3:15pm
Are we creating family-friendly cities?

Are we creating child-free zones that are inhospitable to families with kids? And, if so, are we diminishing part of the cultural diversity that makes great cities?

Mon, Jan 20th 2014 12:07pm
No child left outside

A report details the mental health consequences for children of spending less time playing on their own. A mom in Texas was arrested for letting her kids play outside. The built environment is partly to blame.

Mon, Nov 11th 2013 11:05am
Populist urbanism: Beyond the creative class

A couple of recent stories on Better! Cities & Towns point to an ongoing problem: New Urbanism, smart growth, and related trends need to work on their appeal to working class and minority groups.

Wed, Nov 6th 2013 11:12pm
Walkable is good, 'sit-able' is better

Complementing the "walkable" with a more purposeful focus on places where people feel comfortable sitting would lead to a more holistic and enhanced understanding of place.

Tue, Oct 22nd 2013 4:27pm
The price of peace with the homeowners' association

I used to think homeowners’ associations had the potential to be great democratic institutions.

Mon, Sep 9th 2013 10:00am
Lessons from the woods

Thoughts on a vacation in a car-free place with free-range kids.

Thu, Aug 22nd 2013 11:49am
The case for unremarkable architecture

One of the great things starting to happen in cities of all sizes is the redevelopment of neighborhoods lot-by-lot. It’s a phenomenon indicative of a mature development market.

Thu, Aug 22nd 2013 10:10am
The inspiring story of Hamburg, NY

An Upstate New York village defied the Department of Transportation and created a human-scale Main Street, restoring community to a downtrodden downtown.

Mon, Aug 19th 2013 1:32pm

Research

Enough about the Millennials already!

Be careful about lazy research.

Wed, Mar 12th 2014 6:16pm
No child left outside

A report details the mental health consequences for children of spending less time playing on their own. A mom in Texas was arrested for letting her kids play outside. The built environment is partly to blame.

Mon, Nov 11th 2013 11:05am
The inspiring story of Hamburg, NY

An Upstate New York village defied the Department of Transportation and created a human-scale Main Street, restoring community to a downtrodden downtown.

Mon, Aug 19th 2013 1:32pm