All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Kaid Benfield, Better! Cities & Towns
As I reported earlier this year, more and more businesses are choosing to locate in downtowns and walkable suburban locations, in part to attract younger workers who prefer a less car-dependent, more urban lifestyle.
Thu, Jul 2nd 2015 9:27am
Jay Walljasper, Better! Cities & Towns
People from across America gather in DC this fall to proclaim walking as human right.
Mon, Jun 29th 2015 7:09am
Lynn Richards, Better! Cities & Towns
You didn’t have to be a person of faith this week to be moved by Pope Francis’s historic call for a new era of environmental stewardship.
Thu, Jun 25th 2015 5:32am
Ben Brown, Better! Cities & Towns
The encyclical earned major props from New Urbanists and others committed to bolstering communities’ resilience and to reversing the resource-sucking effects of suburban sprawl.
Wed, Jun 24th 2015 4:07pm
Howard Blackson, Better! Cities & Towns
Over 40 years one truth has been drummed into our downtown urban design consciousness: “Just get the ground floor right” and everything else will be fine.
Wed, Jun 24th 2015 3:40pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Every advocate of compact neighborhoods should have communications skills and top of the list is the elevator pitch. It should be positive and on the tip of your tongue.
Wed, Jun 24th 2015 7:14am
Better! Cities & Towns
Of the state's top seven metro areas, Detroit-Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids lead the way toward walkable urbanism.
Tue, Jun 23rd 2015 10:53am
Better! Cities & Towns
The Beaufort County CDC, which incorporates new zoning regulations for both walkable urban and driveable suburban areas, was recognized last week with the Form Base Code Institute's Driehaus Award, and the Congress or New Urbanism's Charter Award of Merit. Both awards were presented last week at CNU's 23rd annual congress in Dallas/Fort Worth.
Mon, Jun 22nd 2015 9:46pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Registration is now open for Steven Brooke's architectural photography class in Seaside, Florida. The dynamic 5-day workshop combines the history of architectural depiction and composition with an accessible approach to the technical demands of photographing architecture, landscape, and interiors. The workshop is suitable for students of all ability levels and backgrounds - from professional architects and real estate professionals to travelers for whom architecture and design is a passion.
Sun, Jun 21st 2015 10:01pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Businesses across the US are relocating downtown to seek talent, find more productive workspace, and be where the action is, according to the study Core Values.
Thu, Jun 18th 2015 9:22am
Better! Cities & Towns
Downtown Hightstown is hosting a brainstorming session on ways to create a "downtown waterfront experience" unique to the region. The workshop on May 26 will discuss ideas for creating a more walkable community, better uses for underutilized properties, and intergrating Peddie Lake into the new plan. LRK is currently providing planning services to Downtown Hightstown and will be coordinating the community meeting.
Wed, Jun 17th 2015 8:52pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
The community gets walkable neighborhoods with affordable housing—developers get a streamlined approval process.
Wed, Jun 17th 2015 3:23pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
For Ithaca's job production and economic growth to continue, the community needs more people, housing, and places for this creative energy to express itself.
Mon, Jun 15th 2015 9:13am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
A series of public spaces on the water that would allow people to live, work, and play in a water-related neighborhood in Ithaca—an unusual amenity in Upstate New York.
Fri, Jun 12th 2015 10:43am
Better! Cities & Towns
Gateway Planning supported Bastrop in taking the next step to ensure that Downtown continues as the heart of the rapidly growing city in the greater Austin Region. The Bastrop City Council voted unanimously to adopt a redevelopment plan and implementing form-based code for the greater downtown area following a unanimous recommendation from Planning and Zoning commission and various other boards and commissions. The new code will implement the community-crafted vision to protect historic buildings and encourage new development that reflects the character desired by residents and business owners.
Wed, Jun 10th 2015 2:12pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Restoring the civic commons is key to making progress on many challenges, according to a new report.
Wed, Jun 10th 2015 1:09pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Form Ithaca examined how spread-out growth in the Town of Ithaca can be reorganized into a village with a complete street connecting to downtown.
Wed, Jun 10th 2015 9:11am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
One idea explored in Form Ithaca's form-based code design charrette is how to convert a highway into a mixed-use walkable part of the city's urban fabric. 
Mon, Jun 8th 2015 5:39pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Charleston's planning director has taken a similar job in Georgia.  Tim Keane, the city's director of planning, preservation and sustainability, has accepted the position of commissioner of planning and community development for Atlanta, according to a news release. Keane's final day with Charleston will be June 26.
Mon, Jun 8th 2015 12:07am
Better! Cities & Towns
TSW completed the Duluth Downtown Master Plan last year, focusing on new commercial, public spaces to link commercial, civic, and residential, and increased residential density to support the downtown core. Now, the City is looking toward implementation. Local Atlanta news station WSB-TV Channel 2 covered the story.
Mon, Jun 8th 2015 12:02am