News & Opinion

All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Philadelphia has Little Asphalt--and that creates a network that allows for appealing pedestrian and bicycle travel.
Thu, May 21st 2015 9:26am
Scott Doyon, Better! Cities & Towns
Lately I’ve been thinking about “health, safety, and general welfare” — the basis by which zoning is typically legitimized and measured — and wondering just how great a disconnect needs to form between our purported values and our land use regulations before we admit that something’s not working.
Thu, May 21st 2015 8:37am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
A group is empowering small-scale builders and developers working to create walkable urban places.
Wed, May 20th 2015 2:28pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Right field is no longer owned by the pro-sprawl folks.
Fri, May 15th 2015 9:28am
John Anderson, Better! Cities & Towns
John Anderson offers tips on how to get the most of a single-stair walk-up building while complying to building and accessibility codes. 
Thu, May 14th 2015 5:58pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Steiner & Associates, an old hand in the mixed-use construction game, is lead developerin a live-work-play enterprise in Cincinnati called Liberty Center, to be co-developed by Bucksbaum Retail Properties. This will feature about 250 upscale vertical residences in the phased 1.1 million-square-foot urban development rising along Interstate 75 and slated to make its debut this year.
Fri, May 8th 2015 3:33pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The University of Miami School of Architecture today announced a plan to bring “third places” – community spaces, marketplaces, incubators and training centers – into two underserved Miami neighborhoods with $650,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Third Place Project will create spaces that provide resources and support to entrepreneurs, creatives and civic leaders in these neighborhoods, as a way to foster their ideas and break down barriers. It will also help transform these neighborhoods and create opportunities for local businesses, by establishing inexpensive spaces for startups and hubs for arts, culture and entertainment.
Fri, May 8th 2015 3:15pm
Better! Cities & Towns
GREENPRINT 2015/2040, the final plan of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan initiative, has been awarded the Excellence in Sustainability Award for a Plan. This prestigious award comes months after the Greenprint Plan was completed by a tri-state regional consortium of partners and formally released in February 2015. The plan effort was led by the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability. LRK and Team LRK Greenprint planning members Alta Planning, Placeways LLC, the Trust for Public Land, and Powers Hill Design congratulate consortium partners and the Office of Sustainability on the award-winning work that was accomplished.
Fri, May 8th 2015 3:04pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
CNU named its inaugural class of Fellows—long-time members who have made significant contributions to the movement.
Wed, May 6th 2015 5:32pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
AARP has launched a Livability Index, which is the most comprehensive attempt at measuring quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the US. It is useful and problematic.
Wed, May 6th 2015 11:58am

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