News & Opinion

All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Walmart's need to urbanize its home town is the shot that will be heard in suburbs across this land.
Mon, Jul 27th 2015 12:36pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Urban Design Associates (UDA) is pleased to celebrate ten years of collaboration with Kennecott Land Company (a subsidiary of Rio Tinto) in the design of Daybreak, an entirely new mixed-use, transit-oriented (TOD) community.  From the very beginning, the goal was to set a new standard for sustainable, high-quality development in the Salt Lake Valley.  Even as the project remains a 'work in progress', Daybreak has been internationally-recognized as a success. Located at the base of the Oquirrh Mountains, Daybreak is a mixed-use, walkable community with a full range of resident services and amenities. The community encompasses over 4,000 acres comprised of 12 residential neighborhoods, each focused around a series of mixed-use village centers. At the heart of Daybreak is the Town Center, consisting of mixed-use, commercial, institutional, and residential uses clustered around three light-rail transit stops that connect to downtown Salt Lake City.
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 3:14pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The City Council unanimously approved a downtown plan during its meeting Tuesday with no discussion from members. The plan has been in the works for more than a year following the city signing a contract with Gateway Planning of Texas to develop it. "I am excited for Rogers," Scott Polikov, Gateway president, said. "I think the way that process went and the involvement from the people of Rogers reflects well on Rogers." No one spoke against the plan during a public hearing. Bill Watkins, a lawyer with an office downtown, was one of two that spoke in favor of the plan. "I am heavily invested in the future of downtown Rogers," Watkins said. "I am excited to see this and I hope the council approves it." Watkins also said he hopes the city continues to spend money supporting the plan in the future. The plan calls for infrastructure improvements to streets, utilities and greenspace. Revamping alleys and Frisco Park along First Street are some of the suggestions in the plan.
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 2:35pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Now that demand for walkable urban places outstrips supply, a generational political crash is emerging over infrastructure.
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 2:30pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
The World Resources Institute has published Cities Safer By Design—offering technical details on solutions that new urbanists have been talking about for two or three decades. 
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 10:28am
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
As I ambled through the historic, tree-lined streets of Georgetown, I was reminded of how our older neighborhoods so often embody the characteristics that we now ascribe to "smart growth."
Thu, Jul 23rd 2015 10:41am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
As appealing as it may sound to some, we can't retreat to historic cities and towns and "let sprawl be sprawl."
Wed, Jul 22nd 2015 9:26am
Kevin Klinkenberg, Better! Cities & Towns
Of the four kinds of sprawl, one is worth trying to fix. 
Fri, Jul 17th 2015 1:05pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The University of Miami urban design studio in Italy began in Rome with Professor Jaime Correa where students proposed renovations of seven different sites located in the historic core of the city. These sites presented the studio with opportunities to build upon Rome’s legacy in design, building and space-making. By adding certain building types, street furniture, lighting, pavement, materials and new uses, the proposed designs improve the life and physical environment of the sites. The sites included the Piazza Americo Capponi, Piazza di San Salvatore in Lauro, Largo Febo and Piazza Lancelloti.
Mon, Jul 13th 2015 11:50am
Better! Cities & Towns
The Michigan Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism recently awarded Cherry Hill Village, designed by LRK, a 2015 Mackinaw Prize. The CNU New England jury commented that "Cherry Hill Village, impressive in its size and sophistication, is, surprisingly, really an infill project. A constellation of nineteenth-century historic buildings, strung loosely along two old road alignments, is now being tied firmly together by an overlay of new, mixed-use and residential buildings, and the overall assembly equipped with a range of new civic spaces and parks. The result is a coherent place, remarkable for being fundamentally an intensified version of itself... Cherry Hill Village is a model both in process and in realization, worthy of the attention, and emulation, around the country."
Mon, Jul 13th 2015 11:44am

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