News & Opinion

All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Complete Streets correlate with broader economic gains like increased employment and higher property values, according to the most comprehensive study to date of this trend.
Fri, Mar 27th 2015 2:10pm
Jay Walljasper, Better! Cities & Towns
Arlington, Virginia, shows how feet on the street helps a community thrive.
Fri, Mar 27th 2015 1:29pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
You are surrounded by parking lots and pavement so vast you can see the curvature of the Earth.
Thu, Mar 26th 2015 7:39am
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
The fates of nature and cities are intricately related: Nature needs cities, and cities need nature.
Wed, Mar 25th 2015 11:32am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
The sheer amount of pavement we lay down is compromising health, safety, and welfare. It is a barrier to livability, complete streets, sprawl repair, and meeting the demand for walkable places.
Tue, Mar 24th 2015 7:41am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
So many great things will be happening at CNU 23 in Dallas from April 28 through May 2 that we cannot name them all. The following are highlights:
Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 9:44am
Michael Lewyn, Better! Cities & Towns
Three myths underly Inga Saffron's recent article objecting to higher-density housing in urban areas.
Sat, Mar 21st 2015 11:58am
Better! Cities & Towns
Sprawl costs the American economy more than $1 trillion annually, according to a new study by the New Climate Economy. That's more than $3,000 for every man, woman, and child.
Fri, Mar 20th 2015 8:19am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
“Big Asphalt” has changed the face of America and compromised our health, safety, and welfare—but we can defeat it if we try.
Thu, Mar 19th 2015 7:55am
Better! Cities & Towns
 The Crosstown redevelopment project reached a ceremonial milestone as it officially broke ground this past Saturday. After five years of planning and designing, the project team shares more of their vision of the revitalization of this iconic building to the Memphis community.The building, thought of as a "vertical urban village", will house arts, education, healthcare, retail, commercial, and residential spaces in 1.5 million square feet. The project is expected to be complete in 2017. Meanwhile, see more renderings of what's to come on the LRK Crosstown project page or the Crosstown Concourse design page.
Wed, Mar 18th 2015 7:15pm

Recent books + reviews

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

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The Economics of Place

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The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City

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