News & Opinion

All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Land use regulations and trillions of dollars in existing public infrastructure make alternatives to sprawl extremely difficult outside of a historic city or town.
Wed, Feb 25th 2015 9:54am
Ben Brown, Better! Cities & Towns
And other lessons from the pioneers of housing market research and affordable design for New Urbanism.
Tue, Feb 24th 2015 9:15am
Better! Cities & Towns
Last month, the Congress for New Urbanism's family of Chapters got a little bigger.
Tue, Feb 24th 2015 9:07am
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
A growing, multi-denominational religious movement is placing environmental protection at the center of its teaching and practice.
Mon, Feb 23rd 2015 11:18am
Better! Cities & Towns
Walk Score is used by the real estate profession to measure the number of nearby amenities to a particular location.  This method of scoring has become a leading indicator of whether people walk. Urban Design Associates decided to apply the algorithms developed by Walk Score to professional sports facilities for MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL and rank each team by their Walk Score. UDA also included the transit and bicycle ranking if available for those facilities. 
Fri, Feb 20th 2015 1:56pm
Better! Cities & Towns
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Thu, Feb 19th 2015 11:31am
Howard Blackson, Better! Cities & Towns
Stop talking about density and start talking about place.
Thu, Feb 19th 2015 9:48am
Better! Cities & Towns
“Making and Remaking America’s Downtowns” is the focus of the National Town Builders (NTBA) Spring Roundtable in Little Rock and Conway, Arkansas, from March 20-22, 2015.
Wed, Feb 18th 2015 3:14pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Decisions such as where to invest, where to work, where to retire, and where to vacation are all made based on what a community looks like, says a ULI scholar.
Wed, Feb 18th 2015 8:18am
Hazel Borys, Better! Cities & Towns
This weekend, I again watched The Human Scale, a film from 2013, and got more stoked to meet Jan Gehl at the 23rd Congress for the New Urbanism (#CNU23) in Dallas in April.
Wed, Feb 18th 2015 6:03am

Recent books + reviews

Urban Acupuncture: A concise, entertaining jumble of ideas

Review of Urban Acupuncture, a book by Jaime Lerner. Island Press, hardcover 160 pp., 2014, $19.99

Better parking lot design: Is it enough?

Rethinking A Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking, by Eran Ben-Joseph, MIT Press, 2012, 157 pages, $24.95

Human Transit

How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives

Walkable City

How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time.

Advice from a pioneering source, in print again

Toward Sustainable Communities calls for ecological advances and permanently affordable housing in new urbanist developments.

Too Much Magic

Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation

Sustainable Urbanism and Beyond

Rethinking Cities for the Future

Design After Decline

How America Rebuilds Shrinking Cities

The Economics of Place

The Value of Building Communities Around People

The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City

The Great Inversion is serious, provocative, and gracefully written, and consistently interesting look at how the urban-suburban balance is shifting.