Videos

Pleasant Valley Revisited, a video by Rob Steuteville

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The suburbs need to be updated and improved so that millions of Americans can achieve their dreams of living in a connected community. Many of the best opportunities can be found in the areas built during the Postwar Housing Boom, a 20-year period after World War II. For more details on this subject, check out our report in the June issue of Better! Cities & Towns.

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South Bronx Rising

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This excellent video shows how new urbanist/progressive planning ideas have permeated the redevelopment of the South Bronx, the poster child for urban decay in the last quarter of the 20th Century.

The important difference between a road and a street

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Charles Marohn explains the myriad of problems inherent in the American suburban experiment in 15 minutes.

Chinese bike-sharing dwarfs US and European programs

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The bike-sharing system in the southern Chinese city of Hangzhou makes even the most developed systems in the US and Europe look like small potatoes by comparison.

Don't park in my bike lane!!!

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The Mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania is fed up and simply will not take it anymore!

Bike lanes

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This isn't a typical NYC mugging, but it comes down to the same. Give me your money or risk your life. While Casey does go out of his way to find some pretty absurd (and amusing) bike lane blockages, his point is dead on: ticket those making the bike lanes unsafe, not those occasionally avoiding them because they are.

Why Portlanders love their streetcar

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This great video, featured on Cincinnati websites this week, captures the essence of what the streetcar line does for Portland, Oregon, without getting immersed in numbers.

The state of I'On

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Home sales are up and plans are afoot for a new phase in I'On, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, reports developer extraordinaire Vince Graham, in a video presentation.

Introduction to Shared Space (1 of 2)

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Ben Hamilton-Baillie, a British urban designer, explains the basics of the shared space approach to street design. The first sound is about 40 seconds into the video. Thanks to Walkable Dallas-Fort Worth for highlighting this video.

Introduction to Shared Space (2of2)

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Ben Hamilton-Baillie, a British urban designer, explains the basics of the shared space approach to street design. Thanks to Walkable Dallas-Fort Worth for highlighting this video.

Conversation with an Engineer

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A resident has a maddening conversation with a project engineer about the proposed improvements to her street. Posted by Strong Towns.

Gated Community vs Traditional Neighborhood

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Kaid Benfield of NRDC drew attention to this video, and writes: "OK, this video is really funny.  Due credit to Jeff Speck and Ken Firestone for propagating it around urbanist Facebook circles, and to Andre Spino-Smith and JJ Kinsfather of the Buena Vista, Colorado development South Main, who are credit

Buena Vista and South Main Short

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A piece for Resort Sports Network (RSN) featuring the town of Buena Vista, The Collegiate Peaks Music Festival, and the new urban development, South Main.

Portland, a Global Model of Transit-Oriented Development

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Peter Calthorpe talks about what makes a great transit-oriented place.

NCI Charrette System™: Stories of Community Transformation

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This DVD places you into key moments within the seven-day East Fort Myers, Florida, charrette. Hear what participants are saying before and after the charrette. Witness how the charrette team takes a project from a blank canvas to a developed plan.

Net Attraction Framework

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Andrew Burleson's Net Attraction is a method for seeing, understanding, and communicating the connections between the design of the built environment and the value of property. Find out more here.

10 Minutes in the Neighborhood: Green Zoning for LEED-ND

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Eliot Allen of Criterion Planners offers a step-by-step explanation of how to apply LEED-ND (LEED for Neighborhood Development) to a municipality or a piece of land.

SFpark Overview

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San Francisco is implementing an innovative parking system that could reduce both traffic congestion and the need for off-street parking spaces by setting the right prices for on-street parking. This video explains how it works.