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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.

Transit: land use is key

Land-use policy allowing people to live in mixed-use neighborhoods has the biggest impact on US transit, according to pro-transit group.

High hopes for a more walkable America

Many ideas and trends are afoot to make walking easier and more accessible—leading to greater health and happiness.

A computerized method to judge streetscape quality

The importance of continuous, connected building facades that lined streets and defined their form has been noted for more than a century. Beautiful public spaces have a sense of enclosure; they feel like outdoor rooms. 

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