All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Better! Cities & Towns
This is my last post for Better Cities & Towns. Never fear—I am the editor at CNU’s new online journal, Public Square: A CNU Journal.I will be writing and editing about the same topics that we have been covering in Better Cities, and before that, New Urban News.The first issue of New Urban News, the print periodical, came out in May of 1996. The website launched in 1999. The last print issue was February of 2015. Now the website comes to an end, and the end is a new beginning. I have always reported on placemaking—planning and development that creates places that are more than the sum of their parts. To placemakers, houses are more than residential units and retail is more than square footage. Streets are not just conduits for vehicle miles traveled. Houses, stores, and streets are parts of communities, which are about people and making them happy and healthy.Technical concepts like vehicle miles traveled, energy use, green space, water runoff, transportation modal split may be important, but less so to me than quality of life, love, pleasure, personal satisfaction, and fulfillment. Placemaking is a great work of humanity, in every culture, generation upon generation. Where would we be without towns and cities? Even hunters and gatherers created campsites and temporary villages. Without settlement, we would probably have little or no art, music, religion, stories, technology, culture, laws, and wealth. Even Adam and Eve had the Garden of Eden. When I started New Urban News, development and building had been severed from placemaking for a half century. Housing units, square footage, and vehicular capacity were commoditized. Many people found this unsatisfying. A group of more than 200 of them, myself included, signed the Charter of the New Urbanism in May of 1996—the same month that I published the first issue. Many people thought the New Urbanism folly. Were we trying to turn back the clock by building “grandmother’s house” where people can walk to the store and meet at the village square? How dare we criticize traffic engineers, builders, developers, planners, architects, financiers, and all of the other cogs in the suburban machine? N ow here I am, twenty years later, helping to launch a new publication on the same topic. The New Urbanism has persisted and triumphed in many ways. All of the professional groups that I mentioned have been changing their practices. Meanwhile, market trends are moving toward walkable urban places. Communities that seek to attract talented young workers and businesses need New Urbanism. Thank you for reading Better Cities & Towns. I hope that that your read and enjoy Public Square: A CNU Journal. Please come to the new website and sign up for the email newsletter. Be part of the conversation on the building of community.Robert Steuteville is editor of Public Square: A CNU Journal and senior communications adviser of the Congress for the New Urbanism. 
Wed, Feb 3rd 2016 12:09pm
John Anderson, Better! Cities & Towns
I think we can do a better job of connecting the housing unit to the consequential stuff people consider in their decisions to rent if we can deliver flexible unit configurations, competitive rent + transportation math, and locations close services, food and drink. 
Tue, Jan 26th 2016 12:13pm
Hazel Borys, Better! Cities & Towns
Or a wide range of ways to build social capital or how charitable institutions backstop community with philanthropy. But for those of you who are working in the city planning trenches every day, using collaborative design workshops to engage the people, you’re really running a form of social innovation lab. 
Tue, Jan 26th 2016 10:46am
Scott Doyon, Better! Cities & Towns
New Urbanism, by definition, is style neutral. Its focus is getting the form — the urbanism — right but then letting the architecture be what it may.
Wed, Jan 20th 2016 12:19pm
Jay Walljasper, Better! Cities & Towns
A compelling reason to keep your New Year’s resolution to be more active. 
Tue, Jan 19th 2016 10:58am
Ben Brown, Better! Cities & Towns
The similarities between the Alchemy efforts and those of Tolar, Steve Mouzon and others who’ve explored systems-built construction systems are obvious.
Fri, Jan 15th 2016 1:24pm
John Anderson, Better! Cities & Towns
I think incremental development, modest projects by Small Developers focused on a specific neighborhood, present an genuine opportunity to get well past the usual arguments about gentrification. 
Mon, Jan 11th 2016 8:46am
Hazel Borys, Better! Cities & Towns
Coming in from my slow run on this morning’s packed snow, I am grateful again for my old, walkable neighbourhood that tempts me out of doors, even in the cold weather.
Tue, Jan 5th 2016 3:39pm
John Anderson, Better! Cities & Towns
Don’t assume that common sense will prevail. Parking can be such a hot button issue that it clouds the minds of otherwise reasonable people. 
Tue, Dec 22nd 2015 2:32pm
John Massengale, Better! Cities & Towns
To stop the killing of pedestrians on New York City Streets, we have to change the way we build our streets.
Tue, Dec 22nd 2015 9:27am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Over the past decade, the Larkin District in Buffalo, New York, has evolved from an abandoned industrial site to a thriving, mixed-use urban district that is spurring revitalization for blocks in every direction. 
Tue, Dec 15th 2015 5:26pm
John Anderson, Better! Cities & Towns
FHA 203K is a lesser-known mortgage program for rehabilitating small mixed-use buildings. The program requires owner-occupancy for at least a year.
Tue, Dec 15th 2015 5:21pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
If transportation officials embrace a new approach backed by science, safe and effective mobility no longer need conflict with the multidimensional role of streets as public spaces and with people’s varied modes of travel.
Mon, Dec 14th 2015 10:56am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
The Hawthorne neighborhood in Philadelphia has come back to life—catalyzed by Martin Luther King Plaza, the redevelopment of a former high-rise public housing project.
Thu, Dec 10th 2015 1:14pm
Ben Brown, Better! Cities & Towns
Planning wonks might have felt all warm inside when they noticed zoning topics wedging their way into broader conversations about community affordability and equity. Bring it on. Finally.
Tue, Dec 8th 2015 11:11am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
If traffic engineering had been practiced more like medicine, the combination of data and proposed solutions would have resulted in a substantial soul-searching and in a reversal of common practice.
Sun, Dec 6th 2015 9:18am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
"Southside began the renaissance of downtown—There's been lots of changes in downtown since 1990s, but it really started when people saw this project was successful."
Wed, Dec 2nd 2015 2:38pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Granary Row, a seasonal pop-up festival that has operated for two years, uses old shipping containers to create retail stores and a open-air stage, and a beer garden has been fenced off—all in the middle of the road, along a block-length section an old industrial area. 
Wed, Dec 2nd 2015 2:26pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
US traffic deaths are rising again—fatalities jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports.
Sun, Nov 29th 2015 7:25pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
What would the Windy City look like without its freeways?
Tue, Nov 24th 2015 11:17pm