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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.

Small cities and towns are urban places, too

The Washington Post recently told the story of Drew Murphy—an educated young man living the walkable urban life like many in his generation, with a twist. He doesn't live in the city.

The death of the suburban corporate campus

The allure of suburbia as the home of corporate headquarters is over. Like Weyerhaeuser, companies are coming back to the city.

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

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.

Mr. Kotkin talks about what "people really want"

An off-target Washington Post column complains that urban planners cater to only "hipsters and older, sophisticated urban dwellers" rather than "most middle-class residents."

What the latest housing data mean for the environment

Let’s not pronounce sprawl dead just yet. Compared at least to the last five years, things might get a little worse before they get better. But the resurgence in city living is real.

Why 'place' is the new American dream

The new American Dream will transform cities and towns in the 21st Century. To understand it, we have to grasp a few features of the previous American Dream.

Authors declare 'The beginning of the end of sprawl'

A strong trend toward walkable urban places is turning around development in the 30 top US metro areas, according to a study by Christopher Leinberger and Patrick Lynch.

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