Sprawl retrofit

On making sprawl walkable

Form-based code adopted to redevelop business campus

The Hartford, a Fortune 500 insurance and investment firm based in Hartford, Connecticut, is using form-based coding to spur redevelopment of its 173-acre former business campus.

‘Sense of place’ is key to regional talent strategy

Led by the Walton Family Foundation, Northwest Arkansas officials look to walkable urban solutions for future economic growth.

Five steps to a complete community

Here are changes needed to make a small apartment complex in Chico truly walkable.

A better way to build in the suburbs

Here are 10 reasons why a new, small, apartment complex in Chico, California, creates a "place" in the suburbs.

Multifamily: from 'train wreck' to urban

In a comprehensive piece called "What's New in New Urbanism," Multi-Housing News reports that new urban ideas have "swept the industry over the past 20 years."

How I learned to stop worrying and love major streets

While I dislike noisy suburban arterials just as much as the next guy, I realized that retail will work better on busy streets and that we can make them nice places. 

Pleasant Valley Revisited, a video by Rob Steuteville

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The suburbs need to be updated and improved so that millions of Americans can achieve their dreams of living in a connected community. Many of the best opportunities can be found in the areas built during the Postwar Housing Boom, a 20-year period after World War II. For more details on this subject, check out our report in the June issue of Better! Cities & Towns.

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Designing Suburban Futures: New Models from Build a Better Burb

A book by by June Williamson
Island Press, 2013, 138 pp., $35 paperback, $70 hardcover

Postwar neighborhoods are key to suburban revitalization

The nation has a huge quantity of “Leave it to Beaver” neighborhoods from the postwar housing boom that are ripe for changes that will make them more walkable and appealing to new generations of residents.

Petition could powerfully promote ‘complete streets’

US Department of Transportation (DOT) officials would consider a change in the way they classify thoroughfares — to the benefit of pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users — but they need political support.

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