Kaid Benfield's Blog

The environment fares best when we marry superior design to superior locations, respecting the...
Aug 19 2015 3:21pm Kaid Benfield
As I ambled through the historic, tree-lined streets of Georgetown, I was reminded of how our older...
Jul 23 2015 10:41am Kaid Benfield
As I reported earlier this year, more and more businesses are choosing to locate in downtowns...
Jul 2 2015 10:27am Kaid Benfield
Streets re-designed with all users in mind—pedestrians, transit users, and bicyclists as well as...
Apr 21 2015 10:49am Kaid Benfield
The fates of nature and cities are intricately related: Nature needs cities, and cities need nature.
Mar 25 2015 11:32am Kaid Benfield
The US has more golf courses than the market can support. We could repurpose many of them to...
Mar 18 2015 10:26am Kaid Benfield
A trend toward more compact, walkable, living and working, both in suburbs and in cities, is...
Mar 9 2015 9:52am Kaid Benfield
A growing, multi-denominational religious movement is placing environmental protection at the...
Feb 23 2015 12:18pm Kaid Benfield
Little has done greater damage to our environment (as well as to our economy and social fabric)...
Feb 10 2015 9:39am Kaid Benfield
"Sustainable placemaking concepts must not be limited to downtown areas. There are clear health and...
Feb 3 2015 4:35pm Kaid Benfield
If planners for Bethesda, Maryland, fully realize a conceptual vision, the once-quiet but now-...
Dec 31 2014 10:39am Kaid Benfield
Seoul reengineers a freeway into a stream—most observers seem to consider the project a net plus...
Dec 24 2014 9:46am Kaid Benfield
We don't have to choose between a growing population and healthy economy, on the one hand, and a...
Nov 17 2014 1:02pm Kaid Benfield
Recently laid-off workers who live far from job centers take longer to find employment than do...
Nov 13 2014 12:55pm Kaid Benfield
As we add more urban development to our cities, we must remember that humans are biophilic...
Nov 6 2014 12:19pm Kaid Benfield
We know from exhaustive research that walkable neighborhoods reduce driving, associated...
Oct 27 2014 9:17am Kaid Benfield
People feel attracted to and comfortable in historic neighborhoods is not just because of their...
Oct 6 2014 9:35am Kaid Benfield
New report: More than $100 trillion in public and private spending could be saved between now and...
Oct 6 2014 9:24am Kaid Benfield
Why should city planning matter to people who aren’t urban designer types? How can you make the...
Sep 22 2014 10:13am Kaid Benfield
Cities need nature. But what is not so well understood is that nature also needs cities. We can't...
Sep 15 2014 8:37am Kaid Benfield
As recently as 2009, there were 48 large (five stories or taller) empty buildings downtown.  (...
Sep 8 2014 10:38am Kaid Benfield
National Geographic publishes a 17-nation “Greendex” on, among many other things, transit use...
Sep 2 2014 10:53am Kaid Benfield
Highly enlightening new data demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in...
Aug 26 2014 9:36am Kaid Benfield
Let’s not pronounce sprawl dead just yet. Compared at least to the last five years, things might...
Aug 4 2014 9:05am Kaid Benfield
American city dwellers place a high value on restaurants and farmers’ markets, historic buildings...
Jul 29 2014 12:28pm Kaid Benfield
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