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The similarities between the Alchemy efforts and those of Tolar, Steve Mouzon and ...
Jan 15 2016 1:24pm Ben Brown
Planning wonks might have felt all warm inside when they noticed zoning topics wedging their way...
Dec 8 2015 11:11am Ben Brown
Evidence suggests that walkable, mixed-use urban areas enhance economic growth.
Nov 3 2015 4:02pm Ben Brown
Ten years after the mega-storm Katrina, which struck the Gulf States on August 29, 2005, is as good...
Aug 31 2015 4:07pm Ben Brown
The encyclical earned major props from New Urbanists and others committed to bolstering communities...
Jun 24 2015 5:07pm Ben Brown
When we look back on this period, we might discover that the effort to ramp up realistic...
May 27 2015 8:49am Ben Brown
Denying low-income neighborhoods investment in the name of preserving them is a strategy no white,...
Mar 18 2015 10:31am Ben Brown
And other lessons from the pioneers of housing market research and affordable design for New...
Feb 24 2015 10:15am Ben Brown
An urge to new thinking comes at the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, when the Katrina...
Jan 21 2015 9:21am Ben Brown
Pragmatic conservatives take seriously the arguments of those who call for return-on-investment...
Jan 15 2015 10:53am Ben Brown
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 Ben Brown
The new "hippies" have successfully disrupted the work of some of the least powerful “elites” in...
May 13 2014 8:44am Ben Brown
Boutique hotels are all the rage. Just about every downtown development group wants one. So we turn...
Jan 16 2014 11:57am Ben Brown
Get right with God. Fix your zoning. That’s not something you hear regularly from the pulpit, maybe...
Mar 25 2013 8:58am Ben Brown
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 Ben Brown
We have a lot more isolated, supersized, energy-sucking housing than we want or can afford. And...
Feb 11 2013 9:03am Ben Brown
When the clean-up from Hurricane Sandy gets underway, could this be an opportunity for the Eastern...
Nov 8 2012 9:27am Ben Brown
Among the Big Issues awaiting communities after we shake off the post-recession blues is what to...
Oct 8 2012 9:29am Ben Brown
“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 Ben Brown
Asheville didn’t get its hipster cred by imposing it via vibrancy committees. It earned it through...
Jul 23 2012 9:10am Ben Brown
As usual, the CNU20 agenda was packed with passion and ambition, with a smidgeon of apocalyptic...
May 14 2012 3:19pm Ben Brown
Judgments by the public are not constrained by traditions of objectivity we strive for in legal...
Apr 30 2012 7:37am Ben Brown
Pssst! You say you need a comprehensive plan? On the quick and on the cheap?
Mar 19 2012 8:07am Ben Brown
Even before the Great Recession, real estate market analysts were patiently explaining the...
4 Feb 27 2012 11:06am Ben Brown
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 Ben Brown
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