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The inspiring story of Hamburg, NY
An Upstate New York village defied the Department of Transportation and created a human-scale Main...
Aug 19 2013 1:32pm
Reconsidering Seaside, Florida
I’m hardly the only one whose career was strongly influenced by the now-iconic planned town of...
Aug 15 2013 4:33pm
The tragedy of the cul-de-sac
A new study provides more confirmation that violent and accidental deaths of all kinds are more...
Aug 14 2013 11:44am
Kotkin misfires on density
In Forbes online, Joel Kotkin came out with a ringing attack on those who dare to challenge sprawl...
Aug 13 2013 8:09am
Walkability and the American Dream
Upward mobility is strongly correlated with compact, walkable communities — largely in cities but...
Aug 12 2013 4:10pm
Informing excellence, not imitation
When I write about a particular square in some inspiring place, I’m not saying we should stamp 5-...
Aug 12 2013 7:48am
Lessons from Arlington, VA
I recently watched a documentary that chronicles the amazing transformation of Arlington, VA, a...
Aug 9 2013 8:53am
The End of the Suburbs
If you're looking for one book that explains the transformation taking place in our cities, towns...
Aug 7 2013 12:44pm
Transit-oriented development: Becoming loose talk?
It’s gotten to the point where we bestow the moniker “transit-oriented development” (or TOD) on...
Aug 6 2013 8:26am
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 9:59am
Why Johnny and Joanie still can't walk to school
One mom was quoted in Chandler’s article as saying her rising ninth-grader will “have to cross 15...
Jul 31 2013 8:03am
Extreme makeover: Zoning edition
Want to get some sleep tonight? How about snuggling up with your local Development Code? Read any...
Jul 29 2013 10:05am
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 9:07am
Malls lose their grip: Good news or bad for the built environment?
Hanging out on social media is beginning to replace hanging out in shopping malls for many...
Jul 24 2013 3:25pm
How to design our neighborhoods for happiness
Common spaces bring us together.
Jul 22 2013 2:06pm
Second life cycle blues
The Suburban Experiment creates an illusion of wealth early on. As the city enters the second life...
Jul 22 2013 12:03pm
Nurturing and strengthening the urban commons: some beginning principles
There is no better place to start than with our streets, our most plentiful and visible parts of...
Jul 18 2013 7:00am
Detroit: An American autopsy
As Andrew Burleson was putting the finishing touches on his post here last week about Detroit's...
Jul 16 2013 9:59am
Porchtastic: Living in season
Living in season asks us to “entice people outside, where they get more acclimated to the local...
Jul 15 2013 9:38am
Sustainability and the urban commons
My neighborhood has a “commons.” So does yours. The commons comprises those explicitly or, in...
Jul 15 2013 9:24am
What's wrong with a contract for deed?
Do we want systems that are chaotic and messy but where errors will be small and fixable or do we...
Jul 9 2013 2:24pm
The Times' sloppy attack on gentrification
In a recent article entitled "Gentrifying Into the Shelters", the New York Times blamed...
Jul 9 2013 1:30pm
Urbanism without effort: sometimes the best places are created instinctively
While conscious city planning can be good, the instinctive organization of city life can be even...
Jul 1 2013 11:48am
What's wrong with Wall Street?
One would think that Wall Street would be all over the "walkable urban" trend; that the Ivy League...
Jun 25 2013 8:53am
Zoning our way to HOA insanity
Although I'm big on local, homeowners associations pursue consistency in an ever-evolving world --...
Jun 24 2013 9:10am
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
Kangerlussuaq: Heart of the Arctic Day 13
Placeshakers and Newsmakers
What’s Waguespack’s Perspective on the Lincoln Hub Placemaking Project?
Plenty of Horne: Brady Street Apartments Debated at Meeting
A Manifesto Against Completing Sagrada Família Church
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Profile: The Musical Journey of Jay Anderson
Sponsored: Straight to Your Plate Featuring Walnut Way
Dining: Tenuta’s Offers Cozy Italian Dining
Senate transportation bill expands financing for transit-oriented development
Smart Growth America
Senate transportation bill includes landmark provision for safer streets
Smart Growth America
City Business: The Bike Fixers
With New Rule, Feds Forget Their Own Best Ideas on Street Design
Best Practices Guide
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