News & Opinion

All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
What would the Windy City look like without its freeways?
Tue, Nov 24th 2015 10:17pm
Scott Doyon, Better! Cities & Towns
When a $7.2 million project designed to improve quality of life through walkability fails to meet any walkability goals, there's a problem.
Tue, Nov 24th 2015 2:09pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Freeway-Free San Francisco, a new report by CNU, lays out a plan for better living and transportation while making room for affordable housing.
Mon, Nov 23rd 2015 8:06am
Better! Cities & Towns
The most recent issue of the NAHB's Best in American Living e-magazine features an article entitled “It’s All in the Details: The Front Porch,” written by Carson Looney. The article includes tips on how to design a great porch and highlights multiple LRK projects. 
Fri, Nov 20th 2015 3:18pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Small Change is a crowd-sourced real estate financing business with a mission to revitalize urban neighborhoods.
Mon, Nov 16th 2015 6:25pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Form-Based Codes for Architects is an intensive one-and-one-half-day class starting at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 and concluding on Saturday, Feb. 6,  at 6:00 p.m., in which architects learn how to work with a FBC. Stay through Sunday and study on the ground the country’s first and best model of new urbanism. The course provides an overview of the principal logic of a form-based code, from its necessary foundation in a place-based community vision to its regulatory emphasis on the public realm. Instructors Bob Gibbs and Geoff Ferrell will combine lecture and classroom discussion with a walking class on retail design and function in the Main Street of nearby Rosemary Beach.  Participants also examine common misconceptions about form-based codes and the legal basis for form-based codes. The workshop will take place in the Seaside Assembly Hall, second floor, which is located at 168 Smolian Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
Fri, Nov 13th 2015 3:23pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The TruTV show Adams Ruins Everything ran an episode on cars that is a good history of American favoritism toward automobile transportation and why that hurts people.
Thu, Nov 12th 2015 2:25pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Dublin, Ohio, recently broke ground on its Bridge Street District, an urban and walkable neighborhood that will complement its historic village center.
Wed, Nov 11th 2015 3:24pm
Bruce Stephenson, Better! Cities & Towns
The region’s first “cycle track” heralds a shift in mindset in a state with the highest bicycle death rate and a region among the most dangerous for pedestrians.
Wed, Nov 11th 2015 11:41am
Hazel Borys, Better! Cities & Towns
What makes neighbourhood character strong and compelling enough to tempt us to move through it on foot even in the rain?
Tue, Nov 10th 2015 2:56pm

Recent books + reviews

The Last Great Walk

The True Story of a 1909 Walk from New York to San Francisco, and Why It Matters Today—A review of a book by Wayne Curtis.

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