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More businesses choose downtowns and walkable locations

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.

Walkable urban places growing in Michigan

Of the state's top seven metro areas, Detroit-Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids lead the way toward walkable urbanism.

Firms move downtown and change workforce geography

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.

Plugged in or wireless, Americans grow more isolated

Restoring the civic commons is key to making progress on many challenges, according to a new report.

New index examines livability

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.

How complete streets help people and economies

Streets re-designed with all users in mind—pedestrians, transit users, and bicyclists as well as drivers of motor vehicles—generally deliver safety, environmental, and economic benefits.

The benefits of removing stop lights

A growing number of experts advocate stop light removal to save money, improve safety, make cities more walkable, and boost traffic flow. 

Miami's Walk Score rises—could form-based coding be the reason?

New York City clearly outpaced San Francisco as the nation's most walkable city—which is even more impressive when you consider that The Big Apple has about 10 times more people than The City by the Bay.

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.

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