News & Opinion

All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Jay Walljasper, Better! Cities & Towns
People from across America gather in DC this fall to proclaim walking as human right.
Mon, Jun 29th 2015 8:09am
Lynn Richards, Better! Cities & Towns
You didn’t have to be a person of faith this week to be moved by Pope Francis’s historic call for a new era of environmental stewardship.
Thu, Jun 25th 2015 6:32am
Ben Brown, Better! Cities & Towns
The encyclical earned major props from New Urbanists and others committed to bolstering communities’ resilience and to reversing the resource-sucking effects of suburban sprawl.
Wed, Jun 24th 2015 5:07pm
Howard Blackson, Better! Cities & Towns
Over 40 years one truth has been drummed into our downtown urban design consciousness: “Just get the ground floor right” and everything else will be fine.
Wed, Jun 24th 2015 4:40pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Every advocate of compact neighborhoods should have communications skills and top of the list is the elevator pitch. It should be positive and on the tip of your tongue.
Wed, Jun 24th 2015 8:14am
Better! Cities & Towns
Of the state's top seven metro areas, Detroit-Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids lead the way toward walkable urbanism.
Tue, Jun 23rd 2015 11:53am
Better! Cities & Towns
The Beaufort County CDC, which incorporates new zoning regulations for both walkable urban and driveable suburban areas, was recognized last week with the Form Base Code Institute's Driehaus Award, and the Congress or New Urbanism's Charter Award of Merit. Both awards were presented last week at CNU's 23rd annual congress in Dallas/Fort Worth.
Mon, Jun 22nd 2015 10:46pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Registration is now open for Steven Brooke's architectural photography class in Seaside, Florida. The dynamic 5-day workshop combines the history of architectural depiction and composition with an accessible approach to the technical demands of photographing architecture, landscape, and interiors. The workshop is suitable for students of all ability levels and backgrounds - from professional architects and real estate professionals to travelers for whom architecture and design is a passion.
Sun, Jun 21st 2015 11:01pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Businesses across the US are relocating downtown to seek talent, find more productive workspace, and be where the action is, according to the study Core Values.
Thu, Jun 18th 2015 10:22am
Better! Cities & Towns
Downtown Hightstown is hosting a brainstorming session on ways to create a "downtown waterfront experience" unique to the region. The workshop on May 26 will discuss ideas for creating a more walkable community, better uses for underutilized properties, and intergrating Peddie Lake into the new plan. LRK is currently providing planning services to Downtown Hightstown and will be coordinating the community meeting.
Wed, Jun 17th 2015 9:52pm

Recent books + reviews

The Last Great Walk

The True Story of a 1909 Walk from New York to San Francisco, and Why It Matters Today—A review of a book by Wayne Curtis.

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

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

Toward Sustainable Communities calls for ecological advances and permanently affordable housing in new urbanist developments.

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