News & Opinion

All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
The new American Dream will transform cities and towns in the 21st Century. To understand it, we have to grasp a few features of the previous American Dream.
Fri, Aug 1st 2014 8:56am
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
American city dwellers place a high value on restaurants and farmers’ markets, historic buildings and good public spaces. Traffic, not so much.
Tue, Jul 29th 2014 12:28pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Streetcars are expensive and slow, and that drives Matthew Yglesias crazy. He fails to grasp Place Mobility, which can be an excellent transportation investment for a city. 
Sat, Jul 26th 2014 12:51pm
Better! Cities & Towns
A 12-block waterfront redevelopment broke ground in Washington DC that extensively uses the concept of "share-space" streets for the purpose of placemaking.
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 2:40pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Here are changes needed to make a small apartment complex in Chico truly walkable.
Thu, Jul 24th 2014 11:02am
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

Recent books + reviews

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

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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.

Live-Work Planning and Design: Zero-Commute Housing

Thomas Dolan's book is an enormously knowledgeable guide to fitting work and living back together.