All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Better! Cities & Towns
Urban Design Associates (UDA) hosted a discussion of Innovation Districts at this year's annual APA Convention, held in Seattle. Innovation Districts are geographic areas in cities where leading-edge anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect. They are compact districts served by transit and they offer mixed-use housing, office, and retail. In a well-attended session, three districts were presented. John Rahaim, Planning Director of San Francisco presented the rapidly emerging South of Market Area in San Francisco.
Sun, May 3rd 2015 8:41pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Top new urban projects for 2015 make a difference in people’s live in the US and around the world.
Fri, May 1st 2015 8:27am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
On the "wrong side of the railroad tracks" from downtown—The East End of Garland, Texas, has significant potential to revitalize. A new plan shows how that could happen.
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 11:22am
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
Streets re-designed with all users in mind—pedestrians, transit users, and bicyclists as well as drivers of motor vehicles—generally deliver safety, environmental, and economic benefits.
Tue, Apr 21st 2015 10:49am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
A growing number of experts advocate stop light removal to save money, improve safety, make cities more walkable, and boost traffic flow. 
Mon, Apr 20th 2015 11:22am
Better! Cities & Towns
MissingMiddleHousing.com is a new online resource dedicated to helping planners, architects, and builders implement a diverse range of housing types for the walkable communities of the future. Opticos Design's Daniel Parolek coined the term "Missing Middle" in 2010 to define a range of housing types that provide a solution to the mismatch between the available U.S. housing stock and shifting demographics combined with the growing demand for walkable urban living. The website features clear definitions of the types of mid-density housing that are most effective for creative walkable neighborhoods, and pin-points the market demographic that demands them. There is an extensive photo catalog and documented examples from around the country with illustrations and tables.
Sun, Apr 19th 2015 10:25pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The Seaside Institute is teaming up with other non-profit organizations in Seaside to sponsor the Seaside Writers Conference from May 11-17. The Seaside Writers Conference is an annual gathering of creative writers from all the nation, and features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and screenwriting who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, on day seminars, school outreach programs, and social events. A limited number of affordable places to stay are available for registrants in the Seaside Academic Village.
Sun, Apr 19th 2015 10:12pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Jerry Spangler, Director of TSW's Architecture Studio, recently talked with the Atlanta Business Chronicle about his passion for church design and the recently completed ChristChruch Prebyterian project, an intown renovation of an office building into a church sanctuary, fellowship areas, and classroom space.
Sun, Apr 19th 2015 9:48pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Opticos Design, Inc., the Berkeley, CA-based urban planning and architecture firm has launched a new website dedicated to Missing Middle Housing. “We felt it was important to create an online resource to help people understand these housing types and what housing planning, zoning, and financing changes are needed to make it possible for these types of homes to be built again,” Opticos’s founder, Daniel Parolek says.
Fri, Apr 17th 2015 8:30am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Old Town Burleson, Texas, has many opportunities for placemaking and new pedestrian-oriented development that could enhance the identity of the suburb 10 miles south of Fort Worth, according to a new urban team led by Mithun|Solomon.
Wed, Apr 15th 2015 8:06am
Better! Cities & Towns
New York City clearly outpaced San Francisco as the nation's most walkable city—which is even more impressive when you consider that The Big Apple has about 10 times more people than The City by the Bay.
Mon, Apr 13th 2015 4:02pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The Bryan, Texas Health and Wellness Plan was unveiled Thursday afternoon at the City of Bryan Council Chambers. The  purpose of the LRK-designed plan is to promote healthy, active lifestyles and to support area businesses, St. Joseph Regional Health Center and Blinn College. 
Fri, Apr 10th 2015 5:17pm
Scott Doyon, Better! Cities & Towns
In a Place, automobiles might be accommodated but they are not prioritized. Human scale and comfort are what rule, and all subsequent design decisions reflect that.
Wed, Apr 8th 2015 9:05am
Dan Parolek, Better! Cities & Towns
Since my first article on Missing Middle Housing was published in 2012 in what was then New Urban News, the concept has rapidly gained interest from the private and public sectors across the country.
Wed, Apr 8th 2015 8:36am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
One way to understand Little Asphalt is to look at its heroes, what they are doing, and their ideas. Here's a list of 31 Little Asphalt champions.
Mon, Apr 6th 2015 12:51pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Torti Gallas and Partners led a CNU "Legacy Charrette" team that recommended streetscape improvements and other pedestrian enhancements throughout the Six Points Urban Village.
Fri, Apr 3rd 2015 8:42am
Scott Bernstein, Better! Cities & Towns
How do we re-target the capacity of inland ports, transportation hubs, and industrial parks to connect to and contribute to the larger economy in both directions?
Fri, Apr 3rd 2015 7:54am
Review by Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
The True Story of a 1909 Walk from New York to San Francisco, and Why It Matters Today—A review of a book by Wayne Curtis.
Wed, Apr 1st 2015 10:08am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Little Asphalt minimizes pavement in cities, towns, and suburbs so that real estate can be used for higher value purposes—such as buildings and people-centered activities.
Mon, Mar 30th 2015 8:13am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Complete Streets correlate with broader economic gains like increased employment and higher property values, according to the most comprehensive study to date of this trend.
Fri, Mar 27th 2015 2:10pm