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Fixing a stroad (a hybrid between a street and a road) in Huntington, West Virginia, would help a...
Jan 22 2014 12:06pm Charles Marohn
There are two primary fronts in the healthy communities movement — safety and obesity. A stronger...
Jan 22 2014 11:58am Robert Steuteville
Are we creating child-free zones that are inhospitable to families with kids? And, if so, are we...
Jan 20 2014 12:07pm Kaid Benfield
Boutique hotels are all the rage. Just about every downtown development group wants one. So we turn...
Jan 16 2014 11:57am Ben Brown
Some commentators have trotted out the old argument that plenty of city-dwellers, especially in...
Jan 16 2014 11:43am Michael Lewyn
I like to consider “people habitat” – the realm of places that humans build and inhabit – as having...
Jan 13 2014 10:09am Kaid Benfield
Word on the street is that high-income people are destroying bohemian neighborhoods. Part 2 of a...
Jan 13 2014 9:12am Dan Zack
The top-down part of saving a building is the hard work, but building a bottom-up cause...
Jan 10 2014 11:13am Steve Mouzon
So many great and well-loved buildings are lost in our cities and towns each day… is there anything...
Jan 10 2014 10:48am Steve Mouzon
Happy City, Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, a book by Charles Montgomery,...
Jan 6 2014 10:03am Robert Steuteville
If there is anything I don’t want to be misunderstood about, it’s my conviction that central and...
Jan 6 2014 9:13am Kaid Benfield
Part 3 of a Review of Landscape Urbanism and its Discontents
Dec 31 2013 11:30am Frank J. Gruber
Claims related to community design and health should be modest. Yet with health care consuming more...
Dec 23 2013 12:33pm Robert Steuteville
Readers of a certain age may recall the hit song, “Downtown,” in 1965. We all know what happened...
Dec 20 2013 11:25am Kaid Benfield
What a difference 15 years makes.  In 1998, I lamented the loss of corporate jobs from Chicago...
Dec 13 2013 3:38pm Kaid Benfield
The success of transit systems depends more on convenience and user experience than density or...
Dec 13 2013 10:35am Norman Wright
The new frontier is within our existing towns, cities, and metropolitan areas. We need to...
Dec 10 2013 11:45am Dan Zack
Because the new report is consistent with a multitude of information showing changes in living...
Dec 9 2013 9:40am Kaid Benfield
Walking is turning into a health movement, with profound implications for the built environment....
Dec 9 2013 9:00am Jay Walljasper
Part two of a Review of Landscape Urbanism and Its Discontents
Dec 4 2013 9:20am Frank J. Gruber
Part one of a review of Landscape Urbanism and Its Discontents
Dec 4 2013 8:55am Frank J. Gruber
More than 10,000 jobs have been added to downtown Detroit in the last few years, and that number is...
Dec 2 2013 11:29am Robert Steuteville
The results of the latest Realtors' national community preference survey are all over the...
Nov 26 2013 8:58am Kaid Benfield
The most brilliant innovations in building cities won't come from politicians, professionals and...
Nov 25 2013 9:16am Charles Marohn
This isn’t an either/or situation. New Urbanism and Smart Growth can continue to shelter the top-...
Nov 25 2013 8:46am Norman Wright
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