News & Opinion

All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Place-based transportation is key to helping economically struggling families, and until recently this idea has been underappreciated.
Mon, Sep 29th 2014 9:45am
CNU, Better! Cities & Towns
Please join CNU Illinois for our seventh annual state conference, “Ready, Set, Plan!” The program will investigate the urban planning process with a series of case studies drawn from the southern and eastern communities of Chicago’s metropolitan area.
Tue, Sep 23rd 2014 1:47pm
Tony Perez, Better! Cities & Towns
Several common assumptions about new urban codes fail to stand up to scrutiny.
Tue, Sep 23rd 2014 9:28am
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
Why should city planning matter to people who aren’t urban designer types? How can you make the case as briefly and simply as possible?
Mon, Sep 22nd 2014 10:13am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Do you want your community to thrive in the future? If so, placemaking is a key to making that happen.
Thu, Sep 18th 2014 10:39am
CNU, Better! Cities & Towns
Join engineers, planners, designers, and public officials from across the U.S. at the 2014 CNU Project for Transportation Reform Summit October 1-3, 2014 at the Ford Foundation Building in New York City. 
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 2:10pm
Hazel Borys, Better! Cities & Towns
Why does city planning matter to people who aren’t urban designer types? Here’s an elevator pitch and a more detailed answer.
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 3:15pm
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
Cities need nature. But what is not so well understood is that nature also needs cities. We can't protect a thriving natural landscape if we continue to sprawl across the countryside.
Mon, Sep 15th 2014 8:37am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
The idea of “shared space” has captured the collective imaginations of North American urbanists — partly due to English architect and urban designer Ben Hamilton-Baillie.
Thu, Sep 11th 2014 2:37pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Since the mid-1980s, the city has seen a slow, but steady, resurgence. The renovation of old buildings and wise infrastructure decisions have helped the 200-year-old downtown.
Wed, Sep 10th 2014 9:40am

Recent books + reviews

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.

Live-Work Planning and Design: Zero-Commute Housing

Thomas Dolan's book is an enormously knowledgeable guide to fitting work and living back together.