All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Better! Cities & Towns
Native Atlantan and NTBA board member David Roper and noted new urbanist Jackie Benson are excited to host the 2015 NTBA Fall Roundtable in their hometown city. They have assembled a remarkable roster of development professionals who will explore the trends and practices that fuel this dynamic and thriving part of Atlanta.
Wed, Sep 2nd 2015 4:33pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
On the 10-year anniversary of New Orleans's disaster, Brad Pitt's Make it Right project takes a pounding from critics. But there's a better way.
Wed, Sep 2nd 2015 2:30pm
Michael Mehaffy, Better! Cities & Towns
Cities are immensely complex self-organizing systems, not mere top-down designs—but they do need top-down interventions in strategic places. Unfortunately, we still have inadequate models and tools.
Wed, Sep 2nd 2015 10:32am
Steve Mouzon, Better! Cities & Towns
Katrina Cottages, once the shining star of the new urbanists’ work on the Gulf Coast after the hurricane, live on today in unexpected ways.
Tue, Sep 1st 2015 3:25pm
Better! Cities & Towns
It is no secret that there is a significant paradigm shift underway in the world of regional retail development. While it continues to be business as usual for some brick-and-mortar retail sectors, a major transformation continues to unfold across America’s regional retail landscape. When we take a closer look at the underlying fundamentals, we can yield some important insights about what is causing these changes, where regional malls are headed, and what developers must do to not only survive, but thrive in this new environment. Many regional enclosed malls are already dead, and hundreds more are dying slow deaths. At the same time, more and more open-air mixed-use retail environments are emerging — some of which are regional in nature, and all of which are competing directly with those enclosed regional malls. The best of these new projects have common characteristics: a significant portion of their public space is outdoors; non-retail leisure time components are a large component of the tenant mix; and non-retail uses like residential, office and hospitality are fully integrated into the design.
Tue, Sep 1st 2015 2:58pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
How labels asphalt wastelands "highly walkable."
Tue, Sep 1st 2015 2:02pm
Ben Brown, Better! Cities & Towns
Ten years after the mega-storm Katrina, which struck the Gulf States on August 29, 2005, is as good a time as any to look back on what we’ve learned since, especially when it comes to safe, appealing, affordable housing.
Mon, Aug 31st 2015 4:07pm
Better! Cities & Towns
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Fri, Aug 28th 2015 4:13pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Once a railway coal siding and more recently a full city block of asphalt surface parking, North Philadelphia’s Paseo Verde now provides affordable, high quality, sustainable housing for a range of income levels.
Thu, Aug 27th 2015 9:49am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
The impact of streetcars on neighborhoods, development, and commercial districts has come up in several reports that I have come across recently.
Wed, Aug 26th 2015 2:52pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Norman Garrick of the University of Connecticut writes about the demise of Hartford's commercial districts and what steps could be taken to bring them back to life. 
Tue, Aug 25th 2015 3:40pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Housing in cities centers have increased in value by 50 percent more than surrounding metro areas in the last two decades, according to the financial rating agency Fitch.
Mon, Aug 24th 2015 4:32pm
John Anderson, Better! Cities & Towns
Big building. Complex Mechanical Systems. Lots of specialized details to make the exterior envelope keep the weather out. Condo Ownership. What could possibly go wrong?
Mon, Aug 24th 2015 3:44pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The large retail and commercial development in Altoona, called Prairie Crossing, has expanded even before construction on the project has started in earnest. Developer Heart of America Group from the Quad Cities said the project, which is adjacent to Bass Pro Shops and visible from Interstate 80, has grown into a 230-acre development with planned residential, retail and commercial components. Prairie Crossing has been in the works for several years and is the brainchild of Heart of America’s Mike Whalen. So far, a Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse — an HOA property — has opened in Prairie Crossing. Separate developers recently have begun construction on a 325,000-square-foot open-air outlet mall on 34 acres in the heart of the property.
Fri, Aug 21st 2015 2:59pm
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
The environment fares best when we marry superior design to superior locations, respecting the importance of both critical issues, and especially when we infuse the result with green buildings.
Wed, Aug 19th 2015 3:21pm
Kevin Klinkenberg, Better! Cities & Towns
After all the gruesome crashes, with countless little crosses lining the roadways, here’s what I’ve learned: We don’t really care. We don’t really care how many people die or are injured.
Wed, Aug 19th 2015 11:03am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Porchfest is a free music event where people sign up to play on their front porches, lawns, or stoops on a given afternoon. 
Mon, Aug 17th 2015 9:25am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Boulder, Colorado, officials have a choice: Horse trading or transparent design?
Fri, Aug 14th 2015 4:17pm
Nathan Norris, Better! Cities & Towns
Extraordinary strides have been made in the advancement of placemaking over the past twenty-five years—but desisions are made by community leaders who are experts in politics, not placemaking.
Tue, Aug 11th 2015 10:40am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Justin Shubow, president of the National Civic Art Society, criticizes the Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster for comparing new urbanists to the Tea Party. 
Tue, Aug 11th 2015 8:06am