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Thinking bigger about tiny houses
The similarities between the Alchemy efforts and those of Tolar, Steve Mouzon and ...
Jan 15 2016 1:24pm
Fix housing supply by dropping zoning? It's not so simple
Planning wonks might have felt all warm inside when they noticed zoning topics wedging their way...
Dec 8 2015 11:11am
Planning communities that nurture entrepreneuring
Evidence suggests that walkable, mixed-use urban areas enhance economic growth.
Nov 3 2015 4:02pm
Katrina Cottages: Slow progress, enduring promise
Ten years after the mega-storm Katrina, which struck the Gulf States on August 29, 2005, is as good...
Aug 31 2015 4:07pm
Pope goes global: Let's talk local
The encyclical earned major props from New Urbanists and others committed to bolstering communities...
Jun 24 2015 5:07pm
Ideas, new and old, converging for housing opportunity
When we look back on this period, we might discover that the effort to ramp up realistic...
May 27 2015 8:49am
Gentrification: Wealth, opportunity, and community
Denying low-income neighborhoods investment in the name of preserving them is a strategy no white,...
Mar 18 2015 10:31am
Build neighborhoods, not housing
And other lessons from the pioneers of housing market research and affordable design for New...
Feb 24 2015 10:15am
Why small will go big in 2015
An urge to new thinking comes at the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, when the Katrina...
Jan 21 2015 9:21am
How New Urbanism bridges left and right
Pragmatic conservatives take seriously the arguments of those who call for return-on-investment...
Jan 15 2015 10:53am
Euro-envy reconsidered: Talkin’ time, distance and change
When my wife and I headed to Europe for our first two-week vacation in 15 years, I didn't realize...
Sep 3 2014 4:45pm
Tea Party taps hippie wisdom: How’s that working out?
The new "hippies" have successfully disrupted the work of some of the least powerful “elites” in...
May 13 2014 8:44am
The 'new urban lowdown' on boutique hotels
Boutique hotels are all the rage. Just about every downtown development group wants one. So we turn...
Jan 16 2014 11:57am
Zoning as spiritual practice: From me to we to Thee
Get right with God. Fix your zoning. That’s not something you hear regularly from the pulpit, maybe...
Mar 25 2013 8:58am
Guessing at the future of American housing
Where do I get off saying this: For the next 15 to 20 years we’re going to experience the most...
Mar 7 2013 9:19am
The Data is In: Let the heavy lifting begin
We have a lot more isolated, supersized, energy-sucking housing than we want or can afford. And...
Feb 11 2013 9:03am
Finally thinkin’ small: But can we build on what we’ve learned?
When the clean-up from Hurricane Sandy gets underway, could this be an opportunity for the Eastern...
Nov 8 2012 9:27am
Ready for the Geezer Glut? Think beyond 'aging in place'
Among the Big Issues awaiting communities after we shake off the post-recession blues is what to...
Oct 8 2012 9:29am
Chickens, Eggs and Economic Development: Imaginary assumptions = imaginary outcomes
“This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, ‘Doc, uh, my brother’s crazy, he thinks he’s a chicken...
Sep 10 2012 8:13am
In defense of ‘vibrancy’ (And beer)
Asheville didn’t get its hipster cred by imposing it via vibrancy committees. It earned it through...
Jul 23 2012 9:10am
This just in from CNU 20: World not yet saved
As usual, the CNU20 agenda was packed with passion and ambition, with a smidgeon of apocalyptic...
May 14 2012 3:19pm
Stop making sense: A new strategy for community outreach
Judgments by the public are not constrained by traditions of objectivity we strive for in legal...
Apr 30 2012 7:37am
Cutting edge, all-purpose comp plan: For you? Free (conditions apply).
Pssst! You say you need a comprehensive plan? On the quick and on the cheap?
Mar 19 2012 8:07am
Dream home for the new era: Compact, connected & mortgage-free
Even before the Great Recession, real estate market analysts were patiently explaining the...
Feb 27 2012 11:06am
The half-life of anger
Let’s don’t fall into the trap of assuming that passion of any sort is permanent and that we...
Jan 20 2012 3:35pm
Frank J. Gruber
Nethaniel M. Hood
The coming housing calamity
More low-down on tall buildings
A tire in the park
Livability means being poor and eating only one kind of lettuce
The Original Green
Sprawl's share of new US housing starts has declined dramatically, says EPA
It's time to adjust to the metropolitan reality
Strong central cities may help in weathering the recession
Village Green: Sidewalks Are Good for Us
Village Green: Revitalizing Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine (Part 2 - the neighborhood's assets)
Village Green: Revitalizing Cincinnati's Historic Over-the-Rhine (Part 3 - exciting progress portends a national model)
Village Green: What the City Can Teach the Country About Sustainability
Village Green: Jamaica's Rose Town Pursue's Healing Through Rebuilding
Village Green: To Keep Smart City Housing Affordable, Build More of It
Village Green: Where Is the Green Community on Revitalization?
Village Green: Major Industry Report Says Sprawl "Lacks Staying Power"
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