All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Steve Mouzon, Better! Cities & Towns
The Village of Providence, a remarkable project that was named the National Association of Homebuilders' Community of the Year for 2014, also launched my career in New Urbanism.
Sat, Jan 24th 2015 9:27am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
By a margin of 83 percent to 17 percent, office tenants prefer amenity-rich, mixed-use centers—either downtown or in the suburbs.
Fri, Jan 23rd 2015 9:25am
Better! Cities & Towns
Construction crews won't officially break ground on the $200 million Sears Crosstown redevelopment until financing closes this month. But work is already underway.
Wed, Jan 21st 2015 8:01pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Beaufort County followed the Town of Port Royal to become the second of three local jurisdictions to adopt a shared, Form-Based Coding platform. Opticos was commissioned in 2010 to create a multijurisdictional Form-Based Code that Beaufort County, the City of Beaufort, and the Town of Port Royal could share in order to better coordinate growth between the three jurisdictions, help channel future growth toward existing urban areas, and protect the county’s rural character. Opticos worked closely with all three communities to create a shared framework of Transect zones and related standards that could be adapted to the needs of each community.
Wed, Jan 21st 2015 7:47pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Nashville has become one of the United States’ most dynamic economies, driving growth back into its core neighborhoods. In 2010, the city also showcased its resilience by bouncing back from a severe flood that impacted many parts of the downtown. The city’s growth and post-flood rebuilding gave the City an opportunity to craft a downtown plan with a multi-disciplinary team led by Urban Design Associates.
Wed, Jan 21st 2015 7:35pm
Better! Cities & Towns
An urge to new thinking comes at the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, when the Katrina Cottages were used to address a combination of issues: sustainability, affordability, and right-sized living. 
Wed, Jan 21st 2015 8:21am
Steve Mouzon, Better! Cities & Towns
They’re the thinnest and smallest of a city’s elemental parts, but “frontages” do more to create or kill value than any other single element. 
Tue, Jan 20th 2015 8:12am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
When the research favors compact, mixed-use neighborhoods, why does government favor sprawl?
Mon, Jan 19th 2015 11:41am
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 2015 Prize ceremony will be held on February 21 in Seaside, Florida. A symposium will be held that weekend in conjunction with the Prize. 
Thu, Jan 15th 2015 3:42pm
Ben Brown, Better! Cities & Towns
Pragmatic conservatives take seriously the arguments of those who call for return-on-investment tests for taxpayer-supported infrastructure.
Thu, Jan 15th 2015 9:53am
Better! Cities & Towns
In 2010, Decatur, Georgia completed a 10-year update to its Strategic Planwhich defined a community-based vision for its future and provided steps for theCity to take to achieve it. During the planning process, discussion often focused ongrowth and development in context of a desire for the community to be environmentally, socially, and economically sustainability. As the City and its consultants looked at how to promote these ideas, it became clear that the regulations that guided growth in the City were often at odds with the Plan. To align their regulations with the Strategic Plan in a progressive, user-friendly format, the City retained a team led by TSW to prepare a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) combining zoning, subdivision, environmental, and other regulations into a legally sound and enforceable document.
Mon, Jan 12th 2015 4:33pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Now we have two systems—one with good bones, completed about 100 years ago. The other, without good bones, comprises most of our metro areas.
Mon, Jan 12th 2015 10:03am
Better! Cities & Towns
The development company, Strategic Property Partners, LLC (SPP) unveiled their Vision Plan for Tampa's New Waterfront District to an audience of over 400 guests and members of the press at the Waterside Marriott. Prepared for SPP by a design team led by Urban Design Associates (UDA), the new district will include: a new USF health campus, new residential, offices, retail, restaurants, hotels, and an expanded waterfront park. Jeff Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning hosted the event that included presentations by the mayor and members of the development team.
Tue, Jan 6th 2015 3:53pm
Scott Doyon, Better! Cities & Towns
As practitioners, our job is not to perpetuate or squash buzzwords. It’s connecting people to practical ways in which their built communities can better serve their needs and values.
Tue, Jan 6th 2015 9:37am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
The job is to design street networks as good and sustainable and resilient as the ones we built 100 years ago—better, if possible—and to train more than a few transportation engineers who are up to that task.
Mon, Jan 5th 2015 10:14am
Kaid Benfield, Better Cities & Towns
If planners for Bethesda, Maryland, fully realize a conceptual vision, the once-quiet but now-bustling suburb's downtown could become a beacon of urban sustainability.
Wed, Dec 31st 2014 9:39am
Better! Cities & Towns
As a Certified B Corporation, Opticos is committed to a triple bottom line that includes sustainable business, accountability, transparency, and meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance. As part of our B Corp goals, Opticos sets aside a portion of money on an annual basis to give to a charity or group of charities that are important to us.
Tue, Dec 30th 2014 3:17pm
Better! Cities & Towns
With an eye on flexibility and livability, Memphis real estate professionals continue to turn toward mixed-use developments. Successful local projects are proving the city's mindset on mixed use is shifting, and more could be on the way.
Tue, Dec 30th 2014 2:56pm
Robert Steuteville, Better Cities & Towns
In this modern era, the idea of livable communities may be less real to many people than Santa Claus. Yet as long as love, courage, and excellence are real, so are livable communities.
Tue, Dec 30th 2014 11:11am
Scott Doyon, Better! Cities & Towns
In the realm of supply chains and distribution logistics, Santa’s the guy. o you’d presumably be safe in assuming that the planning and design of his village at the North Pole would reflect a similar insistence on best practices.
Wed, Dec 24th 2014 9:01am