News & Opinion

All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
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
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
I was most struck by Mahogany Bay Village's street, which is packed dirt and sand lined by small buildings. This is the essence of Lean Urbanism.
Fri, Oct 17th 2014 12:03pm
Steve Mouzon, Better! Cities & Towns
The Rum & Bean is doing what all the experts consider impossible: it’s a business in a new neighborhood that hasn’t yet closed on a single house, yet it’s already turning a positive cash flow.
Fri, Oct 17th 2014 9:52am
Better! Cities & Towns
The second annual New Urbanism Film Festival will take place on November 6-9 at the ACME Theater in Los Angeles. 
Thu, Oct 16th 2014 4:05pm
Better! Cities & Towns
A cartoon by Dhiru Thadani points out the potential of form-based codes to preserve open space, which is sometimes overlooked. 
Thu, Oct 16th 2014 1:17pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Co-sponsored by the Remaking Cities Institute of the School of Architecture of Carnegie Mellon Univ. and the Heinz Architectual Ctr. of the Carnegie Museum of Art. The lecture series is underwritten by UDA in honor of Mr. Lewis, founder of the firm and Emeritus Distinguished Univ. Professor at Carnegie Mellon. For more, click here:
Sat, Oct 11th 2014 11:53pm
Mark A. Wyckoff, Better! Cities & Towns
Placemaking is the process of creating quality places that people want to live, work, play, and learn in.
Fri, Oct 10th 2014 3:19pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The Hartford, a Fortune 500 insurance and investment firm based in Hartford, Connecticut, is using form-based coding to spur redevelopment of its 173-acre former business campus.
Thu, Oct 9th 2014 4:14pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The study published in the Journal of Transport & Health shows lower levels of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Wed, Oct 8th 2014 4:26pm
Better! Cities & Towns
New Yorkers already spend less money on transportation by driving less and using transit more—now more of them will get a tax break for commuting via transit. 
Wed, Oct 8th 2014 8:38am

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