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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
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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