Research

Articles and links to research and studies

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. 

How sprawl, inadequate transit worsen unemployment

Recently laid-off workers who live far from job centers take longer to find employment than do residents of neighborhoods more convenient to jobs by public transit or car.

Biking is empowerment

A fair number of whites commute by bike in Memphis, but a much larger percentage of African Americans do so.

Compact and connected communities improve public health

We know from exhaustive research that walkable neighborhoods reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs.  Three academic studies demonstrate health benefits, too.

Young and educated flocking to close-in neighborhoods

Talented young adults are continuing to choose urban cores, fueling economic growth and urban revitalization, according to a report

Compact street networks support better health

The study published in the Journal of Transport & Health shows lower levels of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

Get rid of 12-foot lanes

Urban places are undermined daily across the US by overbuilt streets that are dangerous and costly to build and maintain.

How to reduce vehicle pollution and save money globally

New report: More than $100 trillion in public and private spending could be saved between now and 2050 if the world were to expand public transportation, walking and bicycling.

Placemaking is critical for the local economy

Do you want your community to thrive in the future? If so, placemaking is a key to making that happen.

What’s in it for me? Why placemaking matters

Why does city planning matter to people who aren’t urban designer types? Here’s an elevator pitch and a more detailed answer.

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