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Traditional vs. Modern: More than just a pretty face
New Urbanism, by definition, is style neutral. Its focus is getting the form — the urbanism — right...
Jan 20 2016 11:19am
Waste in the name of walkability
When a $7.2 million project designed to improve quality of life through walkability fails to meet...
Nov 24 2015 2:09pm
Porchfest: Your guide to a community-building good time
For one afternoon, porches throughout the community become makeshift stages, yards become venues,...
Oct 27 2015 8:07am
Thoughts on Seaside at 35
Vision, tradition, creativity, adaptation and yes, time, converge and contribute to the community's...
Sep 23 2015 7:02am
Health, safety, and welfare for the next generation
Lately I’ve been thinking about “health, safety, and general welfare” — the basis by which zoning...
May 21 2015 7:37am
Better streets: What's the priority?
In a Place, automobiles might be accommodated but they are not prioritized. Human scale and...
Apr 8 2015 8:05am
We’re all complicit in change. So now what?
Once we acknowledge our own culpability in inevitable change, the more we can work together to...
Mar 5 2015 12:57pm
Can preservationists let love rule?
I’m just a regular person who appreciates some places over others. Not because academic ideology...
Feb 3 2015 4:00pm
The word: Placemaking edition
As practitioners, our job is not to perpetuate or squash buzzwords. It’s connecting people to...
Jan 6 2015 9:37am
Planning and design: North Pole edition
In the realm of supply chains and distribution logistics, Santa’s the guy. o you’d presumably...
Dec 24 2014 9:01am
Selling urbanism: Being right is not good enough
The story of Greek philosopher Aristarchus, who first postulated the Sun as the center of the solar...
Nov 24 2014 10:58am
You’ve got lemons: What now?
Before it was a tiny lending library; now it’s a timeless marker of community that’s emerged as the...
Sep 9 2014 8:30am
Bookshelf reveals community dysfunction
In Leawood, Kansas, the front-yard book kiosk of 9-year-old resident Spencer Collins was cited as...
Jul 16 2014 12:42pm
Aggravated 15-year-olds as a measure of place
I’m always on the lookout for simpler ways to make important points about how we grow. Ways that...
May 22 2014 11:18am
Gearing up for another Stern talkin' to at CNU
Some are surprised that Robert A.M. Stern has been invited back to CNU — the last time he addressed...
Mar 26 2014 1:18pm
The life and death prospects of community ties
As urbanists, we know that our innate desire to feel connected is nothing trivial.
Feb 3 2014 9:07am
Building a multi-century house
A video make clear the difference in construction between the affordable, structural masonry house...
Sep 3 2013 12:08pm
Sustainability: What’s in a word?
Sustainability’s not an action. It’s not something you do in support of a political agenda. It’s an...
Aug 5 2013 8:59am
Going green: What is it you really want?
“What’s more important to you?” I ask. “That more people share your worldview or that more people...
Jul 25 2013 8:07am
Zoning our way to HOA insanity
Although I'm big on local, homeowners associations pursue consistency in an ever-evolving world --...
Jun 24 2013 8:10am
Seaside: The city of ideas
Following up on “Sprawlanta,” here's a video by First + Main Media that shows why Seaside, Florida...
May 28 2013 8:34am
The Pendulum Shifts: Expertise is now suspect
You want fine wood detailing, you work with a skilled carpenter. And if your community wants...
May 9 2013 8:15am
Placemaking gets freaky
For reasons unknown, the more, err, colorful characters of the public realm seem to find my...
Apr 5 2013 9:57am
Choosing to overlook the obvious
I live in an old house that overlooks a single-track CSX rail line. Between my front gate and the...
Mar 21 2013 7:02am
Planning for people
What it takes, at the most basic level, to accommodate us, nurture us, and bring us together is a...
Feb 18 2013 9:07am
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
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
Village Green: To Keep Smart City Housing Affordable, Build More of It
Village Green: Where Is the Green Community on Revitalization?
Village Green: Major Industry Report Says Sprawl "Lacks Staying Power"
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