All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Scott Doyon, Better! Cities & Towns
When a $7.2 million project designed to improve quality of life through walkability fails to meet any walkability goals, there's a problem.
Tue, Nov 24th 2015 2:09pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Freeway-Free San Francisco, a new report by CNU, lays out a plan for better living and transportation while making room for affordable housing.
Mon, Nov 23rd 2015 8:06am
Better! Cities & Towns
The most recent issue of the NAHB's Best in American Living e-magazine features an article entitled “It’s All in the Details: The Front Porch,” written by Carson Looney. The article includes tips on how to design a great porch and highlights multiple LRK projects. 
Fri, Nov 20th 2015 3:18pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Small Change is a crowd-sourced real estate financing business with a mission to revitalize urban neighborhoods.
Mon, Nov 16th 2015 6:25pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Form-Based Codes for Architects is an intensive one-and-one-half-day class starting at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 and concluding on Saturday, Feb. 6,  at 6:00 p.m., in which architects learn how to work with a FBC. Stay through Sunday and study on the ground the country’s first and best model of new urbanism. The course provides an overview of the principal logic of a form-based code, from its necessary foundation in a place-based community vision to its regulatory emphasis on the public realm. Instructors Bob Gibbs and Geoff Ferrell will combine lecture and classroom discussion with a walking class on retail design and function in the Main Street of nearby Rosemary Beach.  Participants also examine common misconceptions about form-based codes and the legal basis for form-based codes. The workshop will take place in the Seaside Assembly Hall, second floor, which is located at 168 Smolian Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
Fri, Nov 13th 2015 3:23pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The TruTV show Adams Ruins Everything ran an episode on cars that is a good history of American favoritism toward automobile transportation and why that hurts people.
Thu, Nov 12th 2015 2:25pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Dublin, Ohio, recently broke ground on its Bridge Street District, an urban and walkable neighborhood that will complement its historic village center.
Wed, Nov 11th 2015 3:24pm
Bruce Stephenson, Better! Cities & Towns
The region’s first “cycle track” heralds a shift in mindset in a state with the highest bicycle death rate and a region among the most dangerous for pedestrians.
Wed, Nov 11th 2015 11:41am
Hazel Borys, Better! Cities & Towns
What makes neighbourhood character strong and compelling enough to tempt us to move through it on foot even in the rain?
Tue, Nov 10th 2015 2:56pm
Better! Cities & Towns
This week, Opticos is in the middle of a 10 day charrette process in Oakland, California as part of a dynamite team led by Dover Kohl. We kicked off the program on Monday with a hands-on design workshop, and are currently in the midst of the Open Design Studio portion of the charrette through Tuesday. The program includes a walking tour and open house on Saturday, and a presentation of work-in-progress next Wednesday. The Plan Downtown Oakland project seeks to address a wide variety of needs in the city, from improved transit development to maintaining affordable housing in this increasingly popular area. The charrette process seeks public input and collaboration to make sure that the design and planning team creates solutions that benefit and serve the community.
Fri, Nov 6th 2015 3:24pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Visitors often park their cars, take in views of old mill buildings and a dramatic waterfall that made it all possible, take a picture of a statue of Alexander Hamilton, and leave without checking out the downtown and its restaurants.
Fri, Nov 6th 2015 11:01am
Julie Herron Carson, Better! Cities & Towns
Witnessing the robust redevelopment underway throughout Atlanta’s Westside, it would seem business owners and residents have taken to heart author Horace Greeley’s famous quote, “Go west, young man.”
Thu, Nov 5th 2015 8:30pm
Ben Brown, Better! Cities & Towns
Evidence suggests that walkable, mixed-use urban areas enhance economic growth.
Tue, Nov 3rd 2015 3:02pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The Seaside Academic Village will be the backdrop for John Anderson, Monte Anderson, David Kim and Bruce Tolar for a weekend workshop on the basics to small scale development. The workshop will open Friday evening, continue with a full day Saturday and continue with a half day Sunday, January 29-31. This weekend workshop will provide technical skills and resources to navigate development financing, zoning and entitlement, site selection and building design in order assemble your own small scale real estate deal. The workshop will also address issues surrounding becoming developer, including making a transition from your day job (or not), risk management, quality of life and basic business setup and contracting methods.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own projects or test case studies and provide an open office hours forum with experts to discuss real project challenges.
Mon, Nov 2nd 2015 5:23pm
Better! Cities & Towns
For this still largely undeveloped Butler County township, the prospect of landing a megasized mixed-use mall – the $350 million Liberty Center – was unheard of a decade ago. As Greater Cincinnati's northern suburbs along the Interstate 75 corridor grew, Liberty Township's location became more of an asset than a liability. It also offered the mostly rural, but growing bedroom community the chance to get a central business district. With Liberty Center, it's almost like a Downtown fell from the sky, according to government officials. Actually, that was the hope and the plan all along. So far Liberty Center, which just completed its first weekend of operation, is bringing is exceeding the expectations of township officials. "It's hard to not get excited about it," said Caroline McKinney, the township's economic development director. "It'll have shoppers, business people, and residents. People who come may not shop or buy stuff. They may watch concerts, do yoga. The way they're programming it is for it to be more than a shopping center."
Mon, Nov 2nd 2015 5:12pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The Seaside Prize is awarded annually by The Seaside Institute to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the quality and character of our communities and are considered the leaders of contemporary urban development and education. The 2016 Prize ceremony will be held on February 21 in Seaside, Florida. A symposium will be held that weekend in conjunction with the Prize. Douglas Duany will be awarded the Seaside Prize on February 20th, 2016. A schedule of the weekend events along with registration information will be available on the Seaside Institute website.
Mon, Nov 2nd 2015 5:03pm
Better! Cities & Towns
LRK recently helped facilitate a public input process and developed a vision plan for Downtown Hightstown. The aim of the plan is to create an active waterfront promenade that is unique to the region with retail, restaurants, and plenty of open space for entertainment and public activities. “We used a vision survey, which allowed people to select images they felt were most appropriate for Hightstown’s waterfront,” said Mr. Constantine, a principal at Looney Ricks Kiss. “People were also asked to suggest ideas for uses, features and activities they would most like to see and we collected dozens of terrific suggestions.”
Mon, Nov 2nd 2015 3:42pm
Better! Cities & Towns
To kick off the Seaside Institute’s aging in place program, Chris Crowley will speak about the fundamental science that is the basis for the Revolution in Aging at a lecture on Saturday, November 21 at 3:00 p.m. in Seaside’s Assembly Hall. He will go on to discuss the basic things that people need to do to join the Revolution.  He will also talk about the social side of the Next Third (of your life) and give advice about putting in place programs and activities that can make retirement (or moving into a new kind of “work”) fun and interesting, instead of the weird combination of terrifying and dull we all worry about. There’s some useful talk about your “limbic” or emotional  brain  (you have one and it has remarkable and surprising control over your life and health). And then some talk about the importance of “connection and commitment” in the Next Third, including your approach to diet and health.
Mon, Nov 2nd 2015 3:28pm
Jay Walljasper, Better! Cities & Towns
A movement is arising for health and happiness for low-income families, people of color and immigrants.
Thu, Oct 29th 2015 9:36am
Scott Doyon, Better! Cities & Towns
For one afternoon, porches throughout the community become makeshift stages, yards become venues, and people from within and beyond wander the streets, chatting, taking in music, and basically reacquainting themselves with what it means to be neighbors.
Tue, Oct 27th 2015 8:07am