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Complete Streets are safe, effective, affordable, report says

Complete Streets correlate with broader economic gains like increased employment and higher property values, according to the most comprehensive study to date of this trend.

Sprawl costs US more than a trillion dollars a year

Sprawl costs the American economy more than $1 trillion annually, according to a new study by the New Climate Economy. That's more than $3,000 for every man, woman, and child.

Boston metro shifting toward walkable urban

Metropolitan Boston is poised to be one of the most walkable metro areas in the US, according to a new study by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the George Washington University.

The forward march of form-based codes

The latest update of the of the Codes Study tracks 600 form-based codes and guidelines in the US and abroad—a significant rise in the last two years.

Office tenants choose mixed-use centers

By a margin of 83 percent to 17 percent, office tenants prefer amenity-rich, mixed-use centers—either downtown or in the suburbs.

System A and System B

When the research favors compact, mixed-use neighborhoods, why does government favor sprawl?

As evidence mounts, drumbeat for walkable streets grows

The evidence keeps piling up to support reform in street design and traffic engineering.

Jane Jacobs was right

Older and smaller buildings and a wide range in building age offer real economic and social benefits for neighborhoods and urban centers, according to a study. 

Multimodal station and plan spur town’s revival

Uptown Station in Normal, Illinois—the first TIGER project to break ground four years ago—spurred impressive growth in transit and mixed-use private downtown investment.

How the ITE overestimates traffic

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) manual for trip generation radically overestimates traffic spurred by new development, measuring "phantom trips" that never materialize.

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