News & Opinion

All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Better! Cities & Towns
The Wheeler District seems like a perfect opportunity for a new in-town neighborhood.
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 8:49am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Columbia Pike in Arlington, Virginia, one of the more successful commercial strip redevelopment areas spurred by a form-based code, will get a streetcar.
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 12:57pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Here are 10 reasons why a new, small, apartment complex in Chico, California, creates a "place" in the suburbs.
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 10:52am
Garrett Hyer, Better! Cities & Towns
Airports are evolving into commercial centers, attracting nearby manufacturing and distribution concerns, hotels, convention centers, retail, housing, recreation and other uses.
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 1:55pm
Scott Doyon, Better! Cities & Towns
In Leawood, Kansas, the front-yard book kiosk of 9-year-old resident Spencer Collins was cited as an illegal accessory structure.
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 1:42pm
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
New York’s City’s hugely successful High Line wasn’t the first elevated urban railroad bed to be converted into a much-loved linear park. That honor goes to the Promenade Plantee in Paris.
Mon, Jul 14th 2014 10:19am
John Dorsett, Better! Cities & Towns
Because one of the primary focuses of New Urbanism is promoting more walkable cities, it’s not uncommon for planners to undervalue the role that parking can play. 
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 4:43pm
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
Smart growth and smart transportation – as important as they are to the future of our communities and our planet – are not nearly enough to produce sustainable communities.
Tue, Jul 8th 2014 8:40am
Hazel Borys, Better! Cities & Towns
A recent trip to Chicago on the first weekend of summer reinforced the importance of great public art.
Tue, Jul 8th 2014 8:33am
Better! Cities & Towns
The School of Architecture’s tradition of community outreach continues through the Capstone Workshop held in the Little Santo Domingo area of Allapattah from May 19-May 23.  The workshop assists communities with visioning, architecture, urban design strategies, feasibility studies and development scenarios.
Mon, Jul 7th 2014 11:23am

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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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