All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Do you want your community to thrive in the future? If so, placemaking is a key to making that happen.
Thu, Sep 18th 2014 10:39am
CNU, Better! Cities & Towns
Join engineers, planners, designers, and public officials from across the U.S. at the 2014 CNU Project for Transportation Reform Summit October 1-3, 2014 at the Ford Foundation Building in New York City. 
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 2:10pm
Hazel Borys, Better! Cities & Towns
Why does city planning matter to people who aren’t urban designer types? Here’s an elevator pitch and a more detailed answer.
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 3:15pm
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
Cities need nature. But what is not so well understood is that nature also needs cities. We can't protect a thriving natural landscape if we continue to sprawl across the countryside.
Mon, Sep 15th 2014 8:37am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
The idea of “shared space” has captured the collective imaginations of North American urbanists — partly due to English architect and urban designer Ben Hamilton-Baillie.
Thu, Sep 11th 2014 2:37pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Since the mid-1980s, the city has seen a slow, but steady, resurgence. The renovation of old buildings and wise infrastructure decisions have helped the 200-year-old downtown.
Wed, Sep 10th 2014 9:40am
Better! Cities & Towns
The great outdoors just got a little more crowded. The new Field & Stream store officially opens today at Easton Gateway, joining an explosion of outdoors retail that has taken place in central Ohio during the past few years. 
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 11:54pm
Scott Doyon, Better! Cities & Towns
Before it was a tiny lending library; now it’s a timeless marker of community that’s emerged as the source of conflict—12-year-old T.J. Guerrero and his Dunedin, Florida lemonade stand.
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 9:30am
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
As recently as 2009, there were 48 large (five stories or taller) empty buildings downtown.  (Wow.)  But, today, the number is down to 13.
Mon, Sep 8th 2014 10:38am
Better! Cities & Towns
The Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan recommends around 500 miles of greenways, trails and bike lanes that connect to neighborhoods, parks and employment centers in four counties in the region. Advocates say the system would also promote economic development. 
Mon, Sep 8th 2014 1:50am
Better! Cities & Towns
This year marks the 50th anniversary Urban Design Associates (UDA), founded in 1964 by David Lewis, FAIA and Ray Gindroz, FAIA.  UDA has prepared a Pop-up exhibit of the firm’s work to be held at the Carnegie Museum of Art Grand Staircase Mezzanine from October 28 through November 6, 2014.
Mon, Sep 8th 2014 1:43am
Better Cities & Towns
A form-based code is approved for the City of Doraville’s town center and former GM factory.
Thu, Sep 4th 2014 11:16am
Ben Brown, Better Cities & Towns
When my wife and I headed to Europe for our first two-week vacation in 15 years, I didn't realize how grouchy I was getting about political paralysis in the US.
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 4:45pm
Tom Larwin, Tom Parkinson, Greg Thompson, Better Cities & Towns
A new revolution is engulfing French cities, large and small, to stem the tide of automobile domination of French culture.
Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 2:18pm
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
National Geographic publishes a 17-nation “Greendex” on, among many other things, transit use and walking. In 2012 Americans came in dead last on both indices, by a wide margin. 
Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 10:53am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Making downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, more walkable doesn’t have to cost a bundle, according to consultant Jeff Speck.
Thu, Aug 28th 2014 11:33am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Despite inner-ring suburban problems, communities like Ferguson, Missouri, have significant potential for revival.
Wed, Aug 27th 2014 12:37pm
Charles Marohn, Better! Cities & Towns
We can’t over-simplify the dynamics of all that has happened in Ferguson, but it’s obvious that our platform for building places is creating dynamics primed for social upheaval.
Wed, Aug 27th 2014 9:25am
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
Highly enlightening new data demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in shaping how affordable large US cities are for a range of household types.
Tue, Aug 26th 2014 9:36am
Michael Lewyn, Better! Cities & Towns
An off-target Washington Post column complains that urban planners cater to only "hipsters and older, sophisticated urban dwellers" rather than "most middle-class residents."
Tue, Aug 26th 2014 9:28am