News & Opinion

All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Steve Mouzon, Better! Cities & Towns
TheLean Initiative doesn’t advocate for a complete free-for-all, but rather lightening the load so that more of us can get meaningful stuff done. 
Tue, Apr 22nd 2014 8:14pm
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
From the planet to the neighborhood, from city life to nature, the world of Kaid Benfield is presented in a series of photographs.
Tue, Apr 22nd 2014 1:43pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
For three generations, the American Dream was largely defined by continual suburban expansion. A new urban dream has emerged, and it is here to stay.
Mon, Apr 21st 2014 7:12am
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
Great news for the environment: This relatively new trend reverses nearly a century of city dwellers fleeing to suburbs and sprawl eating up the countryside.
Thu, Apr 17th 2014 10:05am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Partnerships are key to advancing the urban placemaking agenda, says Lynn Richards, who will take over as President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism on July 1.
Wed, Apr 16th 2014 11:26am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
The multifamily industry is building more in walkable locations, but developers still need instruction on the manners of placemaking. Here are some hints.
Tue, Apr 15th 2014 8:35am
Charles Marohn, Better! Cities & Towns
Today I’m going to provide some tips – some do’s and don’ts – for public officials to help them navigate the difficult transition from drive-only to bicycle and pedestrian friendly.
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 10:26am
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
Indianapolis's remarkable Cultural Trail is more than a pedestrian and bike trail. It demonstrates green infrastructure while guiding users through the city’s most important neighborhoods and assets.
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 8:32am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
In a comprehensive piece called "What's New in New Urbanism," Multi-Housing News reports that new urban ideas have "swept the industry over the past 20 years."
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 7:45am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
This should open the way for more common sense street design in towns and cities all over California, notes one urbanist. The decision could influence other states.
Fri, Apr 11th 2014 4:57pm

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

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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.