News & Opinion

All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Review by Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Review of Urban Acupuncture, a book by Jaime Lerner. Island Press, hardcover 160 pp., 2014, $19.99
Wed, Nov 26th 2014 2:40pm
Scott Doyon, Better! Cities & Towns
The story of Greek philosopher Aristarchus, who first postulated the Sun as the center of the solar system, provides a cautionary tale of why good ideas need the power of persuasion.
Mon, Nov 24th 2014 10:58am
Better! Cities & Towns
As recently as 1988, Harbor Town was a scrubby sandbar in the Mississippi River. Today, it’s a thriving community of over 3,000 people, a haven for cyclists and pedestrians, and a test tube for city planners. What can Memphis learn from this neo-traditional neighborhood in the shadow of downtown?
Mon, Nov 24th 2014 1:22am
Laurence Aurbach, Better! Cities & Towns
The importance of continuous, connected building facades that lined streets and defined their form has been noted for more than a century. Beautiful public spaces have a sense of enclosure; they feel like outdoor rooms. 
Fri, Nov 21st 2014 9:25am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Some of the most dramatic juxtapositions with nature are possible in big cities, like The High Line in New York City and now the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk in Philadelphia. 
Wed, Nov 19th 2014 8:55am
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
We don't have to choose between a growing population and healthy economy, on the one hand, and a healthy and sustainable environment, on the other. We really can have it both ways.
Mon, Nov 17th 2014 12:02pm
Hazel Borys, Better! Cities & Towns
Walking around Berlin, my 10-year old pointed out the exceptional numbers of downtown kids, and really enjoyed hanging out in some of the neighborhood parks.
Mon, Nov 17th 2014 10:54am
Better! Cities & Towns
In 2015, the Charter Awards will affirm great design’s links to a better quality of life.
Mon, Nov 17th 2014 10:07am
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
Recently laid-off workers who live far from job centers take longer to find employment than do residents of neighborhoods more convenient to jobs by public transit or car.
Thu, Nov 13th 2014 11:55am
Hazel Borys, Better! Cities & Towns
For mixing light industrial with residential, the Hackeschen Hofe in Berlin provides an inspiring and successful example.
Mon, Nov 10th 2014 11:32am

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.