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A new town center for the Huskies
UConn is a surprisingly large school to be located far from any walkable town. The new urban Storrs...
Sep 23 2013 8:44am
A greenbelt town turns 75
For Greenbelt, Maryland, one of three greenbelt towns sponsored by the federal government, this is...
Jun 18 2012 6:06pm
Contention in the coffeehouse
Coffeehouses may yearn for turnover, but customers still see them as places for lingering.
Jun 14 2012 12:34pm
New Haven officials: our road project is good enough
Local planning and development administrators say the Rt. 34 project has been misrepresented. “...
May 21 2012 11:31pm
When public art disturbs its viewers
Artistic expressions painted on the surfaces of a city aren’t always as benign as their advocates...
May 8 2012 8:09am
How not to plumb the state of community-building
A New York CNU program asks how the US can get better urban development, but the answers seem...
Mar 22 2012 4:42pm
Chasing the wrong story
The Atlantic Cities’ investigation of whether light-rail lines reduce road congestion leads us in...
Mar 1 2012 11:20pm
The trouble bedeviling the Eisenhower Memorial
Frank Gehry’s design misses the character and accomplishments of a president and war leader.
Feb 8 2012 3:26pm
A city known for vision loses its planning chief
Brent Toderian, who gave substance to Vancouver’s EcoDensity Initiative, is out as planning...
Feb 3 2012 3:47am
The cost of imposing urban order
A stunning exhibition reveals what was destroyed by New York’s rigid street grid—and what’s been...
Feb 1 2012 11:16pm
Decoding Shanghai, gently
Gordon Price compiles a fascinating photos-and-words essay on the amazing contradictions of the...
Dec 29 2011 2:26am
New Haven road plan tarnishes the TIGER program
A Connecticut expressway replacement is likely to be US DOT's "largest source of embarrassment...
Dec 22 2011 6:45pm
New York plans an out-of-place boulevard
What’s with the amoeba-shaped green spaces in the boulevard to be built on Manhattan’s Far West...
Dec 2 2011 9:32am
Injecting spontaneity into urban development
“Tactical urbanism” or “urban improvisation” taps the energy of community people — a needed...
Oct 18 2011 10:51pm
Build parks beneath freeways? Great! Just don’t inhale
Conversion of land under elevated highways into public space may compromise public health.
Oct 13 2011 11:10pm
How many new urbanist neighborhoods are truly safe for walking?
A look at the Stapleton development in Denver reveals that it's less safe than older neighborhoods...
Oct 12 2011 8:21am
Apple builds a suburban lemon
A company renowned for advanced consumer products lost touch with modern life when it set out to...
Sep 15 2011 2:20am
Thumbs down to age-restricted communities
Developers are shying away from creating developments that prohibit residents under the age of 55....
Jul 12 2011 6:59pm
Why is New York's High Line so crime-free?
The city's newest linear park is safe because it's well-watched — by park patrols, security cameras...
Jun 13 2011 7:25am
The limitations of the High Line
The second section of New York's energizing High Line park will open next month, but it's unlikely...
May 16 2011 10:14am
When will transportation departments start making roads safe for all?
Traffic deaths have fallen dramatically, but safety advocates still pay too little attention to the...
Mar 14 2011 8:08am
A commuting solution fades away
Car-pooling, which proliferated amid painfully high gasoline prices around 1980, has declined...
Feb 1 2011 8:19am
Can a garage lift your spirits?
With dramatic lighting, high ceilings, and a ground floor of "curated retail," Miami Beach hosts...
Jan 27 2011 11:27am
Should revitalization campaigns ignore broken windows?
A new proposal for helping distressed neighborhoods tosses aside — unwisely — one of the best city-...
Jan 25 2011 8:15pm
National homebuilders: Laggards on global warming
With few exceptions, America’s largest homebuilders are slower than companies in other fields to...
Jan 4 2011 11:35am
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
Broadening the city through a universal fare card
The Transport Politic
Denver Census Update 2015
The House of the Future Will be Solid-State
Urbanism: Nothing to Fear
Placeshakers and Newsmakers
Doors Open Denver Preview: Posner Center for International Development
Walker Would End Oversight of For-Profit Colleges
from village to city, we are what we throw away
Sponsored: April Fool’s Day with Maria Bamford at Turner
MPS Commitment Schools Show Improvement
Sponsored: Hupy and Abraham, DNT TXT N DRV
Quote of the week: Aaron Renn on boring cities
Doors Open Denver Preview: History Colorado Center
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