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Location is key to sustainable development
The environment fares best when we marry superior design to superior locations, respecting the...
Aug 19 2015 3:21pm
How to make smart growth more lovable and sustainable
As I ambled through the historic, tree-lined streets of Georgetown, I was reminded of how our older...
Jul 23 2015 10:41am
More businesses choose downtowns and walkable locations
As I reported earlier this year, more and more businesses are choosing to locate in downtowns...
Jul 2 2015 10:27am
How complete streets help people and economies
Streets re-designed with all users in mind—pedestrians, transit users, and bicyclists as well as...
Apr 21 2015 10:49am
City trees and greenery cut pollution and boost health
The fates of nature and cities are intricately related: Nature needs cities, and cities need nature.
Mar 25 2015 11:32am
Could placemaking become the new golf?
The US has more golf courses than the market can support. We could repurpose many of them to...
Mar 18 2015 10:26am
Who's sprawling now? Mixed signals on the market
A trend toward more compact, walkable, living and working, both in suburbs and in cities, is...
Mar 9 2015 9:52am
Congregations practice faith through environmental leadership
A growing, multi-denominational religious movement is placing environmental protection at the...
Feb 23 2015 12:18pm
Cities are coming back, but urban poverty remains an immense challenge
Little has done greater damage to our environment (as well as to our economy and social fabric)...
Feb 10 2015 9:39am
Suburbs of survival, and the Democracy of placemaking
"Sustainable placemaking concepts must not be limited to downtown areas. There are clear health and...
Feb 3 2015 4:35pm
The greening of a suburban downtown
If planners for Bethesda, Maryland, fully realize a conceptual vision, the once-quiet but now-...
Dec 31 2014 10:39am
Streets for people, freeways, and a spectacular solution
Seoul reengineers a freeway into a stream—most observers seem to consider the project a net plus...
Dec 24 2014 9:46am
Protecting watersheds as we grow our cities and towns
We don't have to choose between a growing population and healthy economy, on the one hand, and a...
Nov 17 2014 1:02pm
How sprawl, inadequate transit worsen unemployment
Recently laid-off workers who live far from job centers take longer to find employment than do...
Nov 13 2014 12:55pm
New guide from ASLA highlights urban green
As we add more urban development to our cities, we must remember that humans are biophilic...
Nov 6 2014 12:19pm
Compact and connected communities improve public health
We know from exhaustive research that walkable neighborhoods reduce driving, associated...
Oct 27 2014 9:17am
For smart growth, not all density is created equal
People feel attracted to and comfortable in historic neighborhoods is not just because of their...
Oct 6 2014 9:35am
How to reduce vehicle pollution and save money globally
New report: More than $100 trillion in public and private spending could be saved between now and...
Oct 6 2014 9:24am
Do greener, healthier cities need an 'elevator speech'?
Why should city planning matter to people who aren’t urban designer types? How can you make the...
Sep 22 2014 10:13am
City issues are environmental issues. Here's why.
Cities need nature. But what is not so well understood is that nature also needs cities. We can't...
Sep 15 2014 8:37am
Is it time to change the narrative about Detroit?
As recently as 2009, there were 48 large (five stories or taller) empty buildings downtown. (...
Sep 8 2014 10:38am
The daunting challenge of unwalkable America
National Geographic publishes a 17-nation “Greendex” on, among many other things, transit use...
Sep 2 2014 10:53am
Why San Francisco, New York and DC may be more affordable than you thought
Highly enlightening new data demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in...
Aug 26 2014 9:36am
What the latest housing data mean for the environment
Let’s not pronounce sprawl dead just yet. Compared at least to the last five years, things might...
Aug 4 2014 9:05am
What we like - and don't like - about our cities
American city dwellers place a high value on restaurants and farmers’ markets, historic buildings...
Jul 29 2014 12:28pm
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
Village Green: For Cities to Be An Environmental Solution, We Need to Address Public Safety
Village Green: As We Lose Shopping Malls, Are Losing Something Sacred?
Village Green: Happy Cycling & Transit Holidays! (fun photos)
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
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