All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Scott Doyon, Better! Cities & Towns
When a $7.2 million project designed to improve quality of life through walkability fails to meet any walkability goals, there's a problem.
Tue, Nov 24th 2015 3:09pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Freeway-Free San Francisco, a new report by CNU, lays out a plan for better living and transportation while making room for affordable housing.
Mon, Nov 23rd 2015 9:06am
Better! Cities & Towns
The most recent issue of the NAHB's Best in American Living e-magazine features an article entitled “It’s All in the Details: The Front Porch,” written by Carson Looney. The article includes tips on how to design a great porch and highlights multiple LRK projects. 
Fri, Nov 20th 2015 4:18pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The November cover story of Professional Builder Magazine, "Mixed Use Revitalizes Urban Areas," shows examples of revitalization around the country, including LRK project Eddy Street Commons, at the gateway to the University of Notre Dame. LRK principals, Victor Buchholz and Frank Ricks, explain more about the design approach in this article. 
Wed, Nov 18th 2015 5:05pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Cities in North Africa, the Saudi Arabian peninsula, and the Levant face unique challenges from the tremendous heat and dusty winds of the surrounding desert and high humidity along coastal areas.
Wed, Nov 18th 2015 4:59pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Join us for a weekend of stimulating conversation and fun as the Seaside Institute hosts the 23rd annual Seaside Prize honoring Douglas Duany.  In conjunction with the Seaside Prize ceremony, a series of events are being held in Seaside to commemorate the occasion.  
Wed, Nov 18th 2015 4:52pm
Better! Cities & Towns
This month, the highly anticipated Liberty Center will open its doors in North Cincinnati. According to co-developers Steiner + Associates and Bucksbaum Retail Properties, Liberty Center is not only a market-defining project, it will be a true super-regional draw. “Liberty Center represents the next generation of town center development and serves as a strong example of what is possible when commercial fundamentals are combined with innovative design and a focus on creating memorable experiences with every visit,” says Yaromir Steiner. “We took the very best of what we have learned and have elevated it several notches.”
Wed, Nov 18th 2015 4:39pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Small Change is a crowd-sourced real estate financing business with a mission to revitalize urban neighborhoods.
Mon, Nov 16th 2015 7:25pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Form-Based Codes for Architects is an intensive one-and-one-half-day class starting at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 and concluding on Saturday, Feb. 6,  at 6:00 p.m., in which architects learn how to work with a FBC. Stay through Sunday and study on the ground the country’s first and best model of new urbanism. The course provides an overview of the principal logic of a form-based code, from its necessary foundation in a place-based community vision to its regulatory emphasis on the public realm. Instructors Bob Gibbs and Geoff Ferrell will combine lecture and classroom discussion with a walking class on retail design and function in the Main Street of nearby Rosemary Beach.  Participants also examine common misconceptions about form-based codes and the legal basis for form-based codes. The workshop will take place in the Seaside Assembly Hall, second floor, which is located at 168 Smolian Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
Fri, Nov 13th 2015 4:23pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The TruTV show Adams Ruins Everything ran an episode on cars that is a good history of American favoritism toward automobile transportation and why that hurts people.
Thu, Nov 12th 2015 3:25pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Dublin, Ohio, recently broke ground on its Bridge Street District, an urban and walkable neighborhood that will complement its historic village center.
Wed, Nov 11th 2015 4:24pm
Bruce Stephenson, Better! Cities & Towns
The region’s first “cycle track” heralds a shift in mindset in a state with the highest bicycle death rate and a region among the most dangerous for pedestrians.
Wed, Nov 11th 2015 12:41pm
Hazel Borys, Better! Cities & Towns
What makes neighbourhood character strong and compelling enough to tempt us to move through it on foot even in the rain?
Tue, Nov 10th 2015 3:56pm
Better! Cities & Towns
This week, Opticos is in the middle of a 10 day charrette process in Oakland, California as part of a dynamite team led by Dover Kohl. We kicked off the program on Monday with a hands-on design workshop, and are currently in the midst of the Open Design Studio portion of the charrette through Tuesday. The program includes a walking tour and open house on Saturday, and a presentation of work-in-progress next Wednesday. The Plan Downtown Oakland project seeks to address a wide variety of needs in the city, from improved transit development to maintaining affordable housing in this increasingly popular area. The charrette process seeks public input and collaboration to make sure that the design and planning team creates solutions that benefit and serve the community.
Fri, Nov 6th 2015 4:24pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Visitors often park their cars, take in views of old mill buildings and a dramatic waterfall that made it all possible, take a picture of a statue of Alexander Hamilton, and leave without checking out the downtown and its restaurants.
Fri, Nov 6th 2015 12:01pm
Julie Herron Carson, Better! Cities & Towns
Witnessing the robust redevelopment underway throughout Atlanta’s Westside, it would seem business owners and residents have taken to heart author Horace Greeley’s famous quote, “Go west, young man.”
Thu, Nov 5th 2015 9:30pm
Ben Brown, Better! Cities & Towns
Evidence suggests that walkable, mixed-use urban areas enhance economic growth.
Tue, Nov 3rd 2015 4:02pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The Seaside Academic Village will be the backdrop for John Anderson, Monte Anderson, David Kim and Bruce Tolar for a weekend workshop on the basics to small scale development. The workshop will open Friday evening, continue with a full day Saturday and continue with a half day Sunday, January 29-31. This weekend workshop will provide technical skills and resources to navigate development financing, zoning and entitlement, site selection and building design in order assemble your own small scale real estate deal. The workshop will also address issues surrounding becoming developer, including making a transition from your day job (or not), risk management, quality of life and basic business setup and contracting methods.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own projects or test case studies and provide an open office hours forum with experts to discuss real project challenges.
Mon, Nov 2nd 2015 6:23pm
Better! Cities & Towns
For this still largely undeveloped Butler County township, the prospect of landing a megasized mixed-use mall – the $350 million Liberty Center – was unheard of a decade ago. As Greater Cincinnati's northern suburbs along the Interstate 75 corridor grew, Liberty Township's location became more of an asset than a liability. It also offered the mostly rural, but growing bedroom community the chance to get a central business district. With Liberty Center, it's almost like a Downtown fell from the sky, according to government officials. Actually, that was the hope and the plan all along. So far Liberty Center, which just completed its first weekend of operation, is bringing is exceeding the expectations of township officials. "It's hard to not get excited about it," said Caroline McKinney, the township's economic development director. "It'll have shoppers, business people, and residents. People who come may not shop or buy stuff. They may watch concerts, do yoga. The way they're programming it is for it to be more than a shopping center."
Mon, Nov 2nd 2015 6:12pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The Seaside Prize is awarded annually by The Seaside Institute to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the quality and character of our communities and are considered the leaders of contemporary urban development and education. The 2016 Prize ceremony will be held on February 21 in Seaside, Florida. A symposium will be held that weekend in conjunction with the Prize. Douglas Duany will be awarded the Seaside Prize on February 20th, 2016. A schedule of the weekend events along with registration information will be available on the Seaside Institute website.
Mon, Nov 2nd 2015 6:03pm