All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Better! Cities & Towns
With its expertise on suburbs and their physical layouts, CNU is a perfect organization to carry Build a Better Burb forward.
Tue, Oct 6th 2015 12:07pm
Hazel Borys, Better! Cities & Towns
In most of the US and Canada, walkability is categorically zoned out. Most of our historic neighbourhoods are “legal, non-conforming” making new neighbourhoods out of character with historic stock, as well as out of line with market demands for walkable places.
Tue, Oct 6th 2015 10:54am
Better! Cities & Towns
A study of 21,000 single-family house sales in Austin, Texas, found the highest value premiums for walkability in the most walkable neighborhoods. 
Thu, Oct 1st 2015 11:13am
Better! Cities & Towns
Summers Corner, a new village being developed by WestRock, just north of Summerville, SC may provide a model for how new communities can become part of a continuum of regional settlement patterns that are deeply connected to the environment - both natural and cultural. This remarkable effort connects distinctive regional building traditions to today's context of rapidly changing digital economies and working methods. The stated goals include responsible management of natural environments, re-connecting individuals and families to a garden ethicand fostering daily social connectivity that enhances our quality of life. These goals are dramatically shaping the character of this emerging place. Saturday marked the official launch for the initial neighborhoods in Summers Corner. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful opening day with events on the Commons and visits to new houses in the Gardenwall neighborhood. The Corner House, a neighborhood bistro and meeting hall designed by UDA, hosted hundreds of people with an amazing range of unique, delicious goodies in the cafe as well as activities for families and kids.
Wed, Sep 30th 2015 4:18pm
Better! Cities & Towns
 The Midtown Alliance and TSW will soon begin a test program at the intersection of 5th Street and Juniper Street to determine if an innovative and sustainable stormwater runoff solution will help alleviate stress on the city’s combined sewer system, while beautifying the neighborhood at the same time.  TSW, an Atlanta-based planning, landscape architecture and architecture firm, has designed two bioswales featuring large basins that capture the first flush of stormwater off the street and sidewalk and treat it naturally with soil, vegetation, and microbes before the water is absorbed into the ground. This design and process will reduce the amount of stormwater entering the city’s combined sewer system and increase groundwater recharge.
Wed, Sep 30th 2015 4:00pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
The former Pearl Brewery is the economic and social hub for San Antonio's revitalizing River North neighborhood.
Tue, Sep 29th 2015 9:31am
Steve Mouzon, Better! Cities & Towns
When someone walks along a street, they’re gone in a moment. But when they sit down to a meal, they might be there for an hour or more. Because of this, the sidewalk cafe is the most powerful tool to enhance people’s desire to walk in a place.
Mon, Sep 28th 2015 2:25pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The Urban Land Institute New York chapter launched Excellence in Development awards, a new event recognizing exemplary land use projects that raise the bar for design, planning and sustainability in the New York area.
Fri, Sep 25th 2015 2:51pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Sonia Hirt's Zoned in the USA (2015) is one of the more important books on land-use regulations to be published in years and it includes incisive observations on form-based codes. 
Thu, Sep 24th 2015 12:51pm
John Anderson, Better! Cities & Towns
When I hear the question “How Do I get Started as a Developer?”  it is usually followed by a string of questions which amount to “Can you draw me a map that will guide me through every detailed step to becoming a developer?”
Wed, Sep 23rd 2015 11:50am
Scott Doyon, Better! Cities & Towns
Vision, tradition, creativity, adaptation and yes, time, converge and contribute to the community's many successes—but failures are also evident.
Wed, Sep 23rd 2015 8:02am
Bruce Stephenson, Better! Cities & Towns
Portland is at a tipping point. Bicycling is key to sustainability; along with walking it is the most energy efficient and healthy form of transportation. 
Tue, Sep 22nd 2015 5:24pm
Better! Cities & Towns
TSW, an Atlanta-based, full-service planning, architecture and landscape architecture firm has won three Chapter Awards from the Georgia Planning Association (GPA). The awards were announced at the organization’s fall conference in Savannah, Ga. Sept. 10. The three TSW projects that were honored are: the Downtown Alpharetta Master Plan and Zoning Code, the Clarkston LCI 10-year Update and the South Downtown Atlanta MARTA Transit Stations Enhancement Plan.  GPA makes awards each year to projects and plans that demonstrate innovation, transferability, quality, effectiveness of implementation, comprehensiveness, public participation, technology, equity, sustainability and collaboration.  “We are delighted to have three of our recent planning projects recognized by the Georgia Planning Association,” said Thomas Walsh, TSW founding partner and co-director of the firm’s New Urbanism Studio. “It’s always nice to receive recognition for our work, but it’s especially meaningful when it comes from an organization of our peers and others involved in community planning and economic development.”
Fri, Sep 18th 2015 3:31pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Cities face challenges associated with rising values, an influx of more educated residents, and gentrification. Here's what cities can do.
Thu, Sep 17th 2015 3:48pm
Better! Cities & Towns
EPA's 13th annual Smart Growth Achievement Awards recognize communities who lead the way in compact, walkable growth.
Thu, Sep 17th 2015 3:11pm
Susan Henderson, Better! Cities & Towns
The Surgeon General points out that design and land use are critical components to increasing walkability, but leaves it up to all of us to define what walkability means at home.
Tue, Sep 15th 2015 9:38am
Steve Mouzon, Better! Cities & Towns
Do you want food that is merely edible? How about a cup of coffee that is just drinkable? What we need isn’t places that are solely walkable, but rather places with Walk Appeal.
Tue, Sep 15th 2015 9:31am
Better! Cities & Towns
Have you always wanted to better understand form-based codes and how they impact the wellbeing of communities? Form-Based Codes 101, a new series of courses from Planetizen and the Form-Based Codes Institute, provides a great place to start. In the series, Opticos Founder and Principal Dan Parolek and Director of Form-Based Coding Tony Perez join leaders from other firms to share their insights into form-based codes, from the role of downtown areas to the legal aspects of preparing a code. Form-based codes respond to the physical form of a community and the land it stands on, providing more responsive structures for development than traditional zoning regulations.
Fri, Sep 11th 2015 3:18pm
Better! Cities & Towns
A collaboration between LRK’s Memphis, Baton Rouge, and Little Rock offices, The McKenzie is a 22-story luxury apartment building currently under construction near Dallas’ Highland Park neighborhood. Designed for empty nesters desiring a rental community with upscale amenities, The McKenzie will feature valet, concierge service, 24-hour doorman, resident bar, private gardens, outdoor dining, supper club area, and fitness area.
Fri, Sep 11th 2015 3:08pm
Jay Walljasper, Better! Cities & Towns
Murthy announced a national campaign to encourage Americans to walk more and make all communities safer and easier for walking. His office will partner with schools, citizens groups and businesses to meet these goals.
Wed, Sep 9th 2015 2:14pm