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Top 10 reasons for a new American Dream

For three generations, the American Dream was largely defined by continual suburban expansion. A new urban dream has emerged, and it is here to stay.

New data shows city growth outpaces suburbs

Great news for the environment: This relatively new trend reverses nearly a century of city dwellers fleeing to suburbs and sprawl eating up the countryside.

Realtors discover that walkable places are preferred

A survey sponsored by Realtors illustrates that home buying is more like a prix fixe menu than ordering a la carte.

An exurban town sees the benefits of walkability

Londonderry, New Hampshire, could be a model for New England suburbs to organize growth at the metropolitan edge. 

Traditional downtown anchors moving from isolation to integration

No longer comprised of isolated districts, twenty-first century downtowns are rebuilding themselves once again as integrated places. 

Enough about the Millennials already!

Be careful about lazy research.

Here come the millennials

Cue up Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions. Last week’s release by the Pew Research Center of its “Millennials in Adulthood” analysis suggests there’s a train a-coming.

A new coalition for urban place

Who benefits the most from synergistic growth, where the parts of the built environment are brought together to create a strong community and sense of place? Part 2 in a 3-part series.

Why urban demographers are right about the trend toward downtowns and walkable suburbs

I and others have been tracking for some time a surging interest in walkable neighborhoods, in both reinvested downtowns and more pedestrian-friendly suburban developments.

Seattle growth outpaces suburbs

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.

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