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Defending urban freeways at all costs ignores the potential of cities

When freeways are dismantled, economic and social benefits often follow. A mid-20th Century mechanistic view fails to understand such outcomes.

The 'new urban lowdown' on boutique hotels

Boutique hotels are all the rage. Just about every downtown development group wants one. So we turn to Eric Brooks, a long-time pro in hotel development, to help us understand the niche.

Texas: The new smart growth state

Arthur C. Nelson explains why pro-sprawl pundit Wendell Cox has it backwards when he claimed in the The Wall Street Journal that smart growth policies caused the housing crash.

Raise value, avert risk, focus on form

The current commodity driven system is prone to boom and bust cycles. Form-based planning facilitates the holistic development of enduring, diverse neighborhoods.

The business case for compact cities and towns

Innovation and access to good employees -- two reasons why businesses are choosing to locate in walkable downtowns and towns centers.

Today's corporations want city connections and amenities, not suburban sprawl

What a difference 15 years makes.  In 1998, I lamented the loss of corporate jobs from Chicago to the suburbs. Today the buzz is about Motorola’s moving 3,000 jobs from Libertyville to the Loop.

Incremental urbanism is the key to California's future

The new frontier is within our existing towns, cities, and metropolitan areas. We need to grow inward and upward.

The city that wouldn't die

More than 10,000 jobs have been added to downtown Detroit in the last few years, and that number is expected to top 15,000 by 2015.

Saving older houses from the "vacancy vortex," a little at a time

BuffaLove Development of Buffalo is described as a “microdeveloper.”  They aren’t waiting for a government program to save older houses in their city.

At 20, Poundbury is winning converts

Since it’s launch in 1993, Prince Charles’s Poundbury development in Dorcester, England, has set the standard as a high-quality, successful new town designed according to New Urbanism.

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