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We need a sensible approach to mixed use that reflects realities and limitations of retail, while...
Jul 2 2015 2:22pm Dan Zack
 A prominent architect whose work I love and respect told me recently that the term “lovable”...
Jul 2 2015 11:35am Steve Mouzon
As I reported earlier this year, more and more businesses are choosing to locate in downtowns...
Jul 2 2015 10:27am Kaid Benfield
People from across America gather in DC this fall to proclaim walking as human right.
Jun 29 2015 8:09am
You didn’t have to be a person of faith this week to be moved by Pope Francis’s historic call for a...
Jun 25 2015 6:32am
The encyclical earned major props from New Urbanists and others committed to bolstering communities...
Jun 24 2015 5:07pm Ben Brown
Over 40 years one truth has been drummed into our downtown urban design consciousness: “Just...
Jun 24 2015 4:40pm Howard Blackson
Every advocate of compact neighborhoods should have communications skills and top of the list is...
Jun 24 2015 8:14am Robert Steuteville
The community gets walkable neighborhoods with affordable housing—developers get a streamlined...
Jun 17 2015 4:23pm Robert Steuteville
For Ithaca's job production and economic growth to continue, the community needs more people,...
Jun 15 2015 10:13am Robert Steuteville
A series of public spaces on the water that would allow people to live, work, and play in a water-...
Jun 12 2015 11:43am Robert Steuteville
Form Ithaca examined how spread-out growth in the Town of Ithaca can be reorganized into a village...
Jun 10 2015 10:11am Robert Steuteville
One idea explored in Form Ithaca's form-based code design charrette is how to convert a highway...
Jun 8 2015 6:39pm Robert Steuteville
Recent trips to Spain and Germany have me appreciating the nuances of three plazas I had the...
Jun 2 2015 9:15am Susan Henderson
We intend to look at how a form-based code, supported by smart transportation decisions, could...
May 29 2015 11:22am Robert Steuteville
Sprawl retrofit is the fast-food of New Urbanism. It's time to opt-out of the prevailing...
May 28 2015 10:38am Kevin Klinkenberg
How to preserve the goose that lays the golden egg
May 28 2015 9:33am
When we look back on this period, we might discover that the effort to ramp up realistic...
May 27 2015 8:49am Ben Brown
Philadelphia has Little Asphalt--and that creates a network that allows for appealing pedestrian...
May 21 2015 9:26am Robert Steuteville
Lately I’ve been thinking about “health, safety, and general welfare” — the basis by which zoning...
May 21 2015 8:37am Scott Doyon
A group is empowering small-scale builders and developers working to create walkable urban places.
May 20 2015 2:28pm Robert Steuteville
Right field is no longer owned by the pro-sprawl folks.
May 15 2015 9:28am Robert Steuteville
John Anderson offers tips on how to get the most of a single-stair walk-up building while complying...
May 14 2015 5:58pm
AARP has launched a Livability Index, which is the most comprehensive attempt at measuring quality...
May 6 2015 11:58am Robert Steuteville
Having just wrapped up what may have been our favorite CNU ever, in Dallas on April 29 through...
May 5 2015 2:23pm
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