News & Opinion

All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Tom Larwin, Tom Parkinson, Greg Thompson, Better Cities & Towns
A new revolution is engulfing French cities, large and small, to stem the tide of automobile domination of French culture.
Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 2:18pm
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
National Geographic publishes a 17-nation “Greendex” on, among many other things, transit use and walking. In 2012 Americans came in dead last on both indices, by a wide margin. 
Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 10:53am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Making downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, more walkable doesn’t have to cost a bundle, according to consultant Jeff Speck.
Thu, Aug 28th 2014 11:33am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Despite inner-ring suburban problems, communities like Ferguson, Missouri, have significant potential for revival.
Wed, Aug 27th 2014 12:37pm
Charles Marohn, Better! Cities & Towns
We can’t over-simplify the dynamics of all that has happened in Ferguson, but it’s obvious that our platform for building places is creating dynamics primed for social upheaval.
Wed, Aug 27th 2014 9:25am
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
Highly enlightening new data demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in shaping how affordable large US cities are for a range of household types.
Tue, Aug 26th 2014 9:36am
Michael Lewyn, Better! Cities & Towns
An off-target Washington Post column complains that urban planners cater to only "hipsters and older, sophisticated urban dwellers" rather than "most middle-class residents."
Tue, Aug 26th 2014 9:28am
Jay Walljasper, Better Cities & Towns
Here’s a few of practical steps to slow speeds, deter distracted driving and help make walking a safer, comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone.
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 4:02pm
Jay Walljasper, Better Cities & Towns
New York and other cities confront the critical problem of pedestrian fatalities.
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 4:16pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The Cincinnati Form-Based Code led by Opticos was awarded the Grand Prize for Best Planning Tool or Process at the Congress for the New Urbanism’s 13th Annual Charter Awards in Buffalo, N.Y., held during CNU’s annual Congress, June 4 – 7. Cincinnati’s Form-Based Code, one of the largest of its kind in the country, was adopted last year.
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 9:40pm

Recent books + reviews

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

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