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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 8:38am
A city is an organism, not a machine. While machines need mechanics to watch over and maintain...
Apr 29 2013 7:34am
To my fellow lab rats
The United States has intertwined two enormous experiments with each other: the auto-oriented...
Apr 22 2013 7:09am
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 7:10am
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 8:18am
Three core understandings
Public officials at the local level rarely, if ever, even bother to measure whether or not...
Mar 25 2013 3:54pm
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 6:36am
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 6:23am
If we want to build places that are financially productive, we need to identify and eliminate...
Mar 4 2013 11:01am
Orderly but dumb
In a contracting economy, the only hope is to transform "orderly but dumb" into "chaotic but smart."
Feb 18 2013 9:20am
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 7:06am
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 7:40am
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 10:14am
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 11:37am
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 12:45pm
The Next Generation DOT
While on an individual level it is clear that today's transportation agencies are filled with...
Jan 4 2013 12:43pm
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 10:00am
What is the federal role?
All things being equal, I would rather not have a federal transportation bill. Ask yourself why...
Nov 20 2012 7:19am
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 9:55am
Is the jig up?
In the boom years, cities got very lazy with the assessment process, allowing the general...
Oct 29 2012 7:50am
Investment ready places
Countless people are working today to solve the complex problems we face in America. Few are as...
Oct 15 2012 8:10am
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 10:11am
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 9:38am
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 8:05am
In my controversial blog on Kansas City streets, I recommended changing all downtown signalized...
Sep 20 2012 8:56am
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
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
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