All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Better! Cities & Towns
On a night when Suwanee leaders gave approval to a new downtown master plan, the city also took action toward more development near City Hall. At its July meeting Tuesday, the city council approved sending the updated downtown master plan to the Atlanta Regional Commission. Woody Giles of planning firm TSW, which helped city leaders develop the plan, noted that this will help Suwanee become eligible for Livable Cities Initiative funding from the ARC. “There is a lot of flexibility built into the plan” Giles noted in a presentation to council members. “It’s about a bigger vision.”
Fri, Aug 7th 2015 2:03pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
A clear body of evidence has accumulated that narrower lanes are safer on major urban thoroughfares that also include pedestrians.
Fri, Aug 7th 2015 9:54am
John Anderson, Better! Cities & Towns
Parallel parking at the curb provides some important and useful things:
Thu, Aug 6th 2015 11:03am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Tysons Corner, Virginia, is falling short of initial transit ridership projections for Washington Metro's Silver Line, and the blame rightly zeroes in on lack of walkability.
Wed, Aug 5th 2015 4:19pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The highly publicized mixed-use project Liberty Center in Ohio has just announced its first slate of retail tenants. With a scheduled October 2015 opening, Liberty Center includes more than 800,000 sq. ft. of retail, restaurants and entertainment, including a 200,000-sq.-ft. Dillard’s anchor that will be the state of Ohio’s first ground-up Dillard’s store. The 64-acre, 1.2 million-sq.-ft. destination, co-developed by Steiner + Associates and Bucksbaum Retail Properties, will feature over 50 new tenants. “We are very excited to be formally announcing this first group of great tenants,” said Anne Mastin, executive VP of retail real estate for Steiner + Associates. “These retailers, restaurants and entertainment uses, many of which are regional and state firsts, are among the best in the industry and represent just the beginning of the full lineup you can expect to see when Liberty Center opens in October. We will be making several other significant announcements in the weeks and months to come.”
Tue, Aug 4th 2015 4:01pm
Better! Cities & Towns
During the Congress for New Urbanism’s annual conference in Dallas/Fort Worth April 29 - May 2, Opticos Design, Inc's Dan Parolek sat down with the Strong Towns podcast to talk about urban planning in the San Francisco Bay Area, how to retain the characteristics and qualities of a place that make it unique, and the new Missing Middle Housing website. Strong Towns as an organization seeks to support a model of development that allows America’s cities, towns, and neighborhoods to be come financially strong and resilient.
Tue, Aug 4th 2015 1:52pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Healthy places need two physical characteristics: The architecture of community and the infrastructure of community. Here's why the infrastructure is so important.
Thu, Jul 30th 2015 11:53am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Walmart's need to urbanize its home town is the shot that will be heard in suburbs across this land.
Mon, Jul 27th 2015 11:36am
Better! Cities & Towns
Urban Design Associates (UDA) is pleased to celebrate ten years of collaboration with Kennecott Land Company (a subsidiary of Rio Tinto) in the design of Daybreak, an entirely new mixed-use, transit-oriented (TOD) community.  From the very beginning, the goal was to set a new standard for sustainable, high-quality development in the Salt Lake Valley.  Even as the project remains a 'work in progress', Daybreak has been internationally-recognized as a success. Located at the base of the Oquirrh Mountains, Daybreak is a mixed-use, walkable community with a full range of resident services and amenities. The community encompasses over 4,000 acres comprised of 12 residential neighborhoods, each focused around a series of mixed-use village centers. At the heart of Daybreak is the Town Center, consisting of mixed-use, commercial, institutional, and residential uses clustered around three light-rail transit stops that connect to downtown Salt Lake City.
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 2:14pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The City Council unanimously approved a downtown plan during its meeting Tuesday with no discussion from members. The plan has been in the works for more than a year following the city signing a contract with Gateway Planning of Texas to develop it. "I am excited for Rogers," Scott Polikov, Gateway president, said. "I think the way that process went and the involvement from the people of Rogers reflects well on Rogers." No one spoke against the plan during a public hearing. Bill Watkins, a lawyer with an office downtown, was one of two that spoke in favor of the plan. "I am heavily invested in the future of downtown Rogers," Watkins said. "I am excited to see this and I hope the council approves it." Watkins also said he hopes the city continues to spend money supporting the plan in the future. The plan calls for infrastructure improvements to streets, utilities and greenspace. Revamping alleys and Frisco Park along First Street are some of the suggestions in the plan.
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 1:35pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Now that demand for walkable urban places outstrips supply, a generational political crash is emerging over infrastructure.
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 1:30pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
The World Resources Institute has published Cities Safer By Design—offering technical details on solutions that new urbanists have been talking about for two or three decades. 
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 9:28am
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
As I ambled through the historic, tree-lined streets of Georgetown, I was reminded of how our older neighborhoods so often embody the characteristics that we now ascribe to "smart growth."
Thu, Jul 23rd 2015 9:41am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
As appealing as it may sound to some, we can't retreat to historic cities and towns and "let sprawl be sprawl."
Wed, Jul 22nd 2015 8:26am
Kevin Klinkenberg, Better! Cities & Towns
Of the four kinds of sprawl, one is worth trying to fix. 
Fri, Jul 17th 2015 12:05pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The University of Miami urban design studio in Italy began in Rome with Professor Jaime Correa where students proposed renovations of seven different sites located in the historic core of the city. These sites presented the studio with opportunities to build upon Rome’s legacy in design, building and space-making. By adding certain building types, street furniture, lighting, pavement, materials and new uses, the proposed designs improve the life and physical environment of the sites. The sites included the Piazza Americo Capponi, Piazza di San Salvatore in Lauro, Largo Febo and Piazza Lancelloti.
Mon, Jul 13th 2015 10:50am
Better! Cities & Towns
The Michigan Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism recently awarded Cherry Hill Village, designed by LRK, a 2015 Mackinaw Prize. The CNU New England jury commented that "Cherry Hill Village, impressive in its size and sophistication, is, surprisingly, really an infill project. A constellation of nineteenth-century historic buildings, strung loosely along two old road alignments, is now being tied firmly together by an overlay of new, mixed-use and residential buildings, and the overall assembly equipped with a range of new civic spaces and parks. The result is a coherent place, remarkable for being fundamentally an intensified version of itself... Cherry Hill Village is a model both in process and in realization, worthy of the attention, and emulation, around the country."
Mon, Jul 13th 2015 10:44am
Better! Cities & Towns
Construction crews recently began digging a retention pond and moving a mound of dirt developers of the long-abandoned Ruskin Heights subdivision left behind nearly a decade ago on a site south of Mission Boulevard.  A sign posted on the property, across from Westwood Gardens and about a half-mile west of Crossover Road, proclaimed last week a new development called Mission Heights, is "opening in 2016."  "I think it's really hitting the market at a time when the pendulum is finally swinging back from the downturn," said Lawrence Finn, managing partner of East Mission Boulevard LLC, the developer of the project. East Mission's plan for the entire 29 acres is unclear. The company is starting with 63 detached dwellings and six row houses on about 16 acres in the interior of the site. Developers plan to have the row houses and a dozen of the detached houses available for sale next year.
Mon, Jul 13th 2015 10:39am
Dan Zack, Better! Cities & Towns
We need a sensible approach to mixed use that reflects realities and limitations of retail, while also maintaining a commitment to vibrant streetlife.
Thu, Jul 2nd 2015 1:22pm
Steve Mouzon, Better! Cities & Towns
 A prominent architect whose work I love and respect told me recently that the term “lovable” has “a... problem with pragmatists” that can’t be resolved. 
Thu, Jul 2nd 2015 10:35am