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The driving boom is over
The Driving Boom — a six decade long period of steady increases in per-capita driving in the...
May 15 2013 9:38am
A city is an organism, not a machine. While machines need mechanics to watch over and maintain...
Apr 29 2013 8:34am
To my fellow lab rats
The United States has intertwined two enormous experiments with each other: the auto-oriented...
Apr 22 2013 8:09am
City as banker and venture capitalist
As we are growing the endowment that is our city, improving its overall wealth and prosperity,...
Apr 8 2013 8:10am
The local government portfolio for growth
If our cities want to avoid insolvency and financial collapse (see Detroit), they will get out of...
Apr 1 2013 9:18am
Three core understandings
Public officials at the local level rarely, if ever, even bother to measure whether or not...
Mar 25 2013 4:54pm
It takes money to make money?
The concept of investing (other people's) money in order to make money, especially when pushed by...
Mar 18 2013 7:36am
Walkable streets II: The documenting
Last week, I mentioned that 35-40kph (25mph) moves the most traffic. Readers took me to task,...
Mar 18 2013 7:23am
If we want to build places that are financially productive, we need to identify and eliminate...
Mar 4 2013 12:01pm
Orderly but dumb
In a contracting economy, the only hope is to transform "orderly but dumb" into "chaotic but smart."
Feb 18 2013 10:20am
Kansas City, take 2
Nothing more than a couple of shout outs for today with the promise to catch up with you later in...
Feb 11 2013 8:06am
How about schools on safe routes?
A program to build Schools on Safe Routes would not only be more intelligent, it would be more...
Feb 4 2013 8:40am
Raining on the suburban housing recovery parade
Many want to believe that housing is staging a comeback. This is a logical wish since so much of...
Jan 28 2013 11:14am
Pensions: The canary in our coal mine
Understanding the numbers behind the pension crisis will help us more completely grasp the depth...
Jan 22 2013 12:37pm
It's so much more than density
The notion that we can solve the problems that we face in our cities by simply increasing the...
Jan 14 2013 1:45pm
The Next Generation DOT
While on an individual level it is clear that today's transportation agencies are filled with...
Jan 4 2013 1:43pm
The little fellers
We've tilted the playing field so far in this country that we've wiped out an entire class of...
Dec 3 2012 11:00am
What is the federal role?
All things being equal, I would rather not have a federal transportation bill. Ask yourself why...
Nov 20 2012 8:19am
High fructose corn syrup
Building a strong town is ultimately about more than just the finance of our places. While that is...
Nov 5 2012 10:55am
Is the jig up?
In the boom years, cities got very lazy with the assessment process, allowing the general...
Oct 29 2012 8:50am
Investment ready places
Countless people are working today to solve the complex problems we face in America. Few are as...
Oct 15 2012 9:10am
The incoherence of place and politics
This past weekend I came across a video of a fellow named Stanley Kurtz. I had recently heard...
Oct 8 2012 11:11am
A world without projections
We don't need better projections to build a nation of Strong Towns. All we need is a clear...
Oct 1 2012 10:38am
Not efficient, but orderly
We design for the peak hour or two and then, for the rest of the day, all of that capacity goes to...
Sep 24 2012 9:05am
In my controversial blog on Kansas City streets, I recommended changing all downtown signalized...
Sep 20 2012 9:56am
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
City Streets: The History of Juneau Avenue
Sponsored: Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn – On Sale Now
The Ticket Window: 20 New Shows Announced for Milwaukee
Leveraging community history and scenic location for economic and fiscal resilience in Fort Pierre, SD
Smart Growth America
Jazz in the Park: Questions for Davina and the Vagabonds
Gun Issue Highlights Potawatomi Charity
Rauner’s Latest Weird Illiana Move: Pushing for Tax Breaks to Contractors
Leading the Way in Green Infrastructure
Upcoming Transit Network Design Courses - Portland and Philadelphia
Sponsored: Straight to Your Plate Featuring Walnut Way
Congress Set to Pass Yet Another Short-Term Transpo Funding Patch
Streetsblog Capitol Hill
Amendment to provide stable funding for TIGER program has a long list of Senate co-sponsors
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