All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Older and smaller buildings and a wide range in building age offer real economic and social benefits for neighborhoods and urban centers, according to a study. 
Sat, Dec 20th 2014 10:11am
Better! Cities & Towns
 When Liberty Center opens in Cincinnati next fall, it will leverage its full-scale mixed-use offerings—such as a CineBistro theater, lofty lineup of retail, restaurants, residential and office space, as well as lush landscaping and natural gathering places—to bring a sense of place and community to the area. The project is being developed by Steiner + Associates and Bucksbaum Retail Properties.
Thu, Dec 18th 2014 2:32pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Uptown Station in Normal, Illinois—the first TIGER project to break ground four years ago—spurred impressive growth in transit and mixed-use private downtown investment.
Tue, Dec 16th 2014 12:27pm
Charles Marohn, Better! Cities & Towns
I've often wondered about the actuarial approach used by auto insurance companies, but I’ve never had the data or specific insight to really question it.
Tue, Dec 16th 2014 12:22pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Retail planner and consultant Bob Gibbs will be joined by Terry Shook, an expert in retail design and main street development, and Seaside town center developer, Daryl Davis, to present this one-of-a-kind retail workshop.
Thu, Dec 11th 2014 10:06am
Better! Cities & Towns
The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) manual for trip generation radically overestimates traffic spurred by new development, measuring "phantom trips" that never materialize.
Thu, Dec 11th 2014 7:05am
Better! Cities & Towns
This 3-day training illustrates the capability of the NCI Charrette System™ for all aspects of community planning. Participants learn the practical NCI Charrette System™ skills, tools and techniques through new interactive, hands-on exercises practiced on four case study types: Sustainable community planning, Regional/comprehensive planning, Transportation/infrastructure planning and Transit oriented development planning.
Thu, Dec 4th 2014 12:48pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Easton is proud to announce the arrival of the entirely new shopping district known as Easton Gateway! With 500,000 square feet of specialty retail, restaurants and service tenants, Easton Gateway strives to deliver an enhanced shopping experience. Costco, Dick's, Sak's Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Pies & Pints, and REI are already open for business with Melt Bar & Grilled and more soon at Easton Gateway.
Thu, Dec 4th 2014 12:41pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Land-use policy allowing people to live in mixed-use neighborhoods has the biggest impact on US transit, according to pro-transit group.
Thu, Dec 4th 2014 9:09am
Jay Walljasper, Better! Cities & Towns
Many ideas and trends are afoot to make walking easier and more accessible—leading to greater health and happiness.
Wed, Dec 3rd 2014 4:56pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Urban Design Associates (UDA) appoints Joseph R. Nickol, AICP, as Associate Principal and Megan O’Hara, AICP, LEED AP bd+c as Associate.
Sun, Nov 30th 2014 2:45am
Review by Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Review of Urban Acupuncture, a book by Jaime Lerner. Island Press, hardcover 160 pp., 2014, $19.99
Wed, Nov 26th 2014 2:40pm
Scott Doyon, Better! Cities & Towns
The story of Greek philosopher Aristarchus, who first postulated the Sun as the center of the solar system, provides a cautionary tale of why good ideas need the power of persuasion.
Mon, Nov 24th 2014 10:58am
Better! Cities & Towns
As recently as 1988, Harbor Town was a scrubby sandbar in the Mississippi River. Today, it’s a thriving community of over 3,000 people, a haven for cyclists and pedestrians, and a test tube for city planners. What can Memphis learn from this neo-traditional neighborhood in the shadow of downtown?Developer Henry Turley enlisted the architectural services of Baltimore’s RKTL and Memphis’s Looney Ricks Kiss. Together, they developed a land plan for the neighborhood, as well as a picture book that laid out simple “do this, don’t do this” instructions for home builders.
Mon, Nov 24th 2014 1:22am
Laurence Aurbach, Better! Cities & Towns
The importance of continuous, connected building facades that lined streets and defined their form has been noted for more than a century. Beautiful public spaces have a sense of enclosure; they feel like outdoor rooms. 
Fri, Nov 21st 2014 9:25am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Some of the most dramatic juxtapositions with nature are possible in big cities, like The High Line in New York City and now the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk in Philadelphia. 
Wed, Nov 19th 2014 8:55am
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
We don't have to choose between a growing population and healthy economy, on the one hand, and a healthy and sustainable environment, on the other. We really can have it both ways.
Mon, Nov 17th 2014 12:02pm
Hazel Borys, Better! Cities & Towns
Walking around Berlin, my 10-year old pointed out the exceptional numbers of downtown kids, and really enjoyed hanging out in some of the neighborhood parks.
Mon, Nov 17th 2014 10:54am
Better! Cities & Towns
In 2015, the Charter Awards will affirm great design’s links to a better quality of life.
Mon, Nov 17th 2014 10:07am
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
Recently laid-off workers who live far from job centers take longer to find employment than do residents of neighborhoods more convenient to jobs by public transit or car.
Thu, Nov 13th 2014 11:55am