All news and opinion articles in chronological order with the most recent first.
Better! Cities & Towns
L.L. Bean Inc. is opening a new store in Columbus, and the retailer will give the market a months-long sneak peek in the run-up to the real thing. The Freeport, Maine-based outdoor retailer Wednesday said it will open a 20,600- square-foot store at Easton town Center by October or November in a standalone building currently home to the Container Store. That store is moving to a new space this year in the nearby Easton Gateway shopping center.
Mon, Jun 8th 2015 12:48am
Better! Cities & Towns
The year 2014 marked the 50th anniversary for Urban Design Associates (UDA). As we look forward to the next chapter, it is fun to open the archives and take stock of efforts that changed the way we were thinking and working. We have put together a short reflection of our work across five decades to gain perspective or the future: UDA @ 50 Viewbook.
Mon, Jun 8th 2015 12:21am
Susan Henderson, Better! Cities & Towns
Recent trips to Spain and Germany have me appreciating the nuances of three plazas I had the pleasure of experiencing. Each plaza was a different character and scale.
Tue, Jun 2nd 2015 9:15am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
We intend to look at how a form-based code, supported by smart transportation decisions, could advance the terrific goals set by citizens and community leaders.
Fri, May 29th 2015 11:22am
Kevin Klinkenberg, Better! Cities & Towns
Sprawl retrofit is the fast-food of New Urbanism. It's time to opt-out of the prevailing system, and move on to make the really great alternate system.
Thu, May 28th 2015 10:38am
Edward McMahon, Better Cities & Towns
How to preserve the goose that lays the golden egg
Thu, May 28th 2015 9:33am
Ben Brown, Better! Cities & Towns
When we look back on this period, we might discover that the effort to ramp up realistic approaches to the challenges of community affordability reached some sort of tipping point in the spring and summer of 2015.
Wed, May 27th 2015 8:49am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Philadelphia has Little Asphalt--and that creates a network that allows for appealing pedestrian and bicycle travel.
Thu, May 21st 2015 9:26am
Scott Doyon, Better! Cities & Towns
Lately I’ve been thinking about “health, safety, and general welfare” — the basis by which zoning is typically legitimized and measured — and wondering just how great a disconnect needs to form between our purported values and our land use regulations before we admit that something’s not working.
Thu, May 21st 2015 8:37am
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
A group is empowering small-scale builders and developers working to create walkable urban places.
Wed, May 20th 2015 2:28pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
Right field is no longer owned by the pro-sprawl folks.
Fri, May 15th 2015 9:28am
John Anderson, Better! Cities & Towns
John Anderson offers tips on how to get the most of a single-stair walk-up building while complying to building and accessibility codes. 
Thu, May 14th 2015 5:58pm
Better! Cities & Towns
Steiner & Associates, an old hand in the mixed-use construction game, is lead developerin a live-work-play enterprise in Cincinnati called Liberty Center, to be co-developed by Bucksbaum Retail Properties. This will feature about 250 upscale vertical residences in the phased 1.1 million-square-foot urban development rising along Interstate 75 and slated to make its debut this year.
Fri, May 8th 2015 3:33pm
Better! Cities & Towns
The University of Miami School of Architecture today announced a plan to bring “third places” – community spaces, marketplaces, incubators and training centers – into two underserved Miami neighborhoods with $650,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Third Place Project will create spaces that provide resources and support to entrepreneurs, creatives and civic leaders in these neighborhoods, as a way to foster their ideas and break down barriers. It will also help transform these neighborhoods and create opportunities for local businesses, by establishing inexpensive spaces for startups and hubs for arts, culture and entertainment.
Fri, May 8th 2015 3:15pm
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GREENPRINT 2015/2040, the final plan of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan initiative, has been awarded the Excellence in Sustainability Award for a Plan. This prestigious award comes months after the Greenprint Plan was completed by a tri-state regional consortium of partners and formally released in February 2015. The plan effort was led by the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability. LRK and Team LRK Greenprint planning members Alta Planning, Placeways LLC, the Trust for Public Land, and Powers Hill Design congratulate consortium partners and the Office of Sustainability on the award-winning work that was accomplished.
Fri, May 8th 2015 3:04pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
CNU named its inaugural class of Fellows—long-time members who have made significant contributions to the movement.
Wed, May 6th 2015 5:32pm
Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns
AARP has launched a Livability Index, which is the most comprehensive attempt at measuring quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the US. It is useful and problematic.
Wed, May 6th 2015 11:58am
PlaceMakers, Better! Cities & Towns
Having just wrapped up what may have been our favorite CNU ever, in Dallas on April 29 through May 2, we want to share some of the ideas that resonated the most with us.
Tue, May 5th 2015 2:23pm
Better! Cities & Towns
TSW, an Atlanta-based planning, architecture and landscape architecture firm has been honored by Georgia Commute Options for the company’s commitment to clean commuting (carpooling, walking, cycling, taking public transportation, telecommuting, etc.). TSW won in the Best Overall Program category, and Alex Fite-Wassilak, TSW community planner, was recognized in the Road Warrior category for his commitment to commuting to and from work via bicycle.
Mon, May 4th 2015 2:29pm
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