More people moving to urban places means more open space preserved and less congestion in the far suburbs. Yet some find it hard to swallow.
Arthur Nelson predicted the 2007 housing market collapse. When he talks, I listen.
There are two primary fronts in the healthy communities movement — safety and obesity. A stronger emphasis on safety is more likely to succeed with citizens and public officials.
Some commentators have trotted out the old argument that plenty of city-dwellers, especially in poor areas, are fat, so sprawl doesn't matter to obesity. The data suggests otherwise.
Mother Jones points out that outdoor night lighting has increased tremendously in recent decades, but hasn't made us safer.
Innovation and access to good employees -- two reasons why businesses are choosing to locate in walkable downtowns and towns centers.
Claims related to community design and health should be modest. Yet with health care consuming more than 17 percent of the US economy, even a modest improvement can make a significant impact.
When Americans today are given a choice involving trade-offs, the option of a walkable, compact, mixed-use community comes out consistently ahead of conventional, drive-only places.
Because the new report is consistent with a multitude of information showing changes in living patterns and lifestyle preferences, we should shift more public resources into transit.
The results of the latest Realtors' national community preference survey are all over the place. Evidence supports the trend toward smart growth. Evidence to the contrary is plentiful, too.
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