News & Opinion

All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
John Massengale, Better! Cities & Towns
How Big Finance and global forces are driving the shiny Starchitecture in New York, Paris, and London that is indistinguishable from skyscrapers in Dubai, Mumbai, and Shanghai.
Fri, Oct 31st 2014 10:34am
Better! Cities & Towns
"Todd and Laurie's impact on the success of New Urbanism has been enormous,” said Frank Starkey, chairman of the board of the Seaside Institute.
Wed, Oct 29th 2014 11:46am
Better! Cities & Towns
Earlier this year, Opticos Design was awarded the CNU’s Charter Award Grand Prize for Best Planning Tool for the Cincinnati Form-Based Code. "As we discussed what to do with the prize money, we decided the best thing to do would be to give the money back to an organization making a difference in the City of Cincinnati," the firm explained on its blog.
Wed, Oct 29th 2014 1:23am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
With the help of a form-based code (FBC), Redwood City, California, has become the new Silicon Valley hot spot.
Mon, Oct 27th 2014 1:06pm
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
We know from exhaustive research that walkable neighborhoods reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs.  Three academic studies demonstrate health benefits, too.
Mon, Oct 27th 2014 9:17am
Better! Cities & Towns
Urban Design Associates has led the re-shaping of the charrette model to not only project the reactivation of neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces, but to be part of the reactivation.
Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 9:57pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The Michigan Municipal League (MML) has published a follow-up book to its 2011 The Economics of Place. The new book is focused on implementation.
Tue, Oct 21st 2014 4:50pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The Maine chapter of CNU, GrowSmart Maine, the Maine Municipal Association, and the Maine Real Estate & Development Association will host a Build Maine conference November 5-6 in Lewiston. 
Tue, Oct 21st 2014 2:02pm
Mark Hinshaw, Better Cities & Towns
The allure of suburbia as the home of corporate headquarters is over. Like Weyerhaeuser, companies are coming back to the city.
Tue, Oct 21st 2014 1:13pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Talented young adults are continuing to choose urban cores, fueling economic growth and urban revitalization, according to a report. 
Mon, Oct 20th 2014 10:33am

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