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Impossible standards as an excuse for inaction
Measuring success against impossible ideals rather than achievable goals is one reason why planning...
Jan 30 2013 11:18am
Preserving stories in the land
Preserving paths, handling stormwater properly, keeping old stories alive, and building compactly...
Jan 28 2013 4:32pm
Raining on the suburban housing recovery parade
Many want to believe that housing is staging a comeback. This is a logical wish since so much of...
Jan 28 2013 11:14am
As good and important as it is, LEED can be so embarrassing
Is The New American Home worthy of being certified LEED-platinum, the greenest of the green?...
Jan 28 2013 10:39am
Dare to live outdoors
Being a pedestrian, or one of our ever increasing army of bicyclists, is a proven step towards...
Jan 28 2013 9:44am
The Citadel conundrum
It's ridiculous to reject architecture or urbanism based solely upon the politics of the builders...
Jan 25 2013 9:11am
Public process and the perils of dismissive engagement
Understanding citizens' wants, needs and concerns, and then addressing them through responsive,...
Jan 24 2013 2:21pm
Pensions: The canary in our coal mine
Understanding the numbers behind the pension crisis will help us more completely grasp the depth...
Jan 22 2013 12:37pm
We’re all connected: Too bad more is not necessarily the same as better
The post-Victorians lamented what wireless telegraphy would do to interpersonal intimacy — with...
Jan 21 2013 1:44pm
What's sustainability got to do with business?
I made a startling discovery : the virtues and ethics that underlie the construction of...
Jan 21 2013 8:57am
The disturbing and sometimes tragic challenge of walking in America
In much of America, walking – that most basic and human method of movement, and the one most...
Jan 18 2013 9:05am
Leveraging imminent doom as ‘Grand Strategy’
Those of us with a focus on community and regional planning will be nodding at a key item on...
Jan 17 2013 9:27am
It's so much more than density
The notion that we can solve the problems that we face in our cities by simply increasing the...
Jan 14 2013 1:45pm
An affordable housing enclave that strengthens a neighborhood and protects the environment
The Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood is a great example of progress on a small scale that can serve as...
Jan 14 2013 1:36pm
Backyard chickens: WWI-Era solution to almost everything
Making a living at your home has become increasingly restricted — contrast that with the self-...
Jan 14 2013 1:29pm
Rural preservation: One more reason to care about cities
Compact development patterns could have dramatically decreased the 41 million acres of rural land...
Jan 10 2013 10:04am
The power of 'creative placemaking'
The National Endowment for the Arts is quietly leveraging small amounts of financial assistance...
Jan 9 2013 4:46pm
Study: 34 million acres of forests threatened by sprawl
As troubling as the trends and forecasts are for forests and farms lost to development, it does...
Jan 8 2013 10:05am
Seven placemaking wishes for 2013
Though firmly rooted in placemaking trends that have gained notable traction over the past year,...
Jan 7 2013 10:04am
The Next Generation DOT
While on an individual level it is clear that today's transportation agencies are filled with...
Jan 4 2013 1:43pm
Five green community stories to watch in 2013
In my final article of 2012, I looked back at the year in review, to honor important recent work...
Jan 2 2013 10:39am
Great cities celebrate the season
People love communities from Paris to Santa Monica precisely because their public spaces are so...
Dec 24 2012 4:30pm
Gathering places: Providers of comfort and joy
To wish you the happiest of holidays, I’d like to share some recent ruminations about the...
Dec 24 2012 4:15pm
Solid buildings last: A tale of public housing, reborn
I don’t typically gush on things simply because they’re cool but, in this case, I’m going to make...
Dec 24 2012 3:22pm
New research confirms central-city comebacks
We can now add even smaller cities with populations under 250,000 to the body of evidence showing...
Dec 20 2012 10:34am
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