To forge a coalition for urban places, let’s start by trumpeting an important fact: The value of cities and towns transcends simple arithmetic. Part 1 in a 3-part series.
Some years ago, when our movement to replace sprawl with better cities and suburbs was relatively new, I had a big moment at NRDC. Unfortunately, it bombed.
When class conflict is placed front and center in political battles over revitalization, existing residents are often the biggest losers.
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.
The current commodity driven system is prone to boom and bust cycles. Form-based planning facilitates the holistic development of enduring, diverse neighborhoods.
The most brilliant innovations in building cities won't come from politicians, professionals and advocates. That brilliance is already embodied in the traditional development pattern.
If the poster-child city for suburban sprawl is fertile ground for mixed-use, compact development, then the trend must be strong.
UConn is a surprisingly large school to be located far from any walkable town. The new urban Storrs Center attempts to make up for the lack of a historic urban place.
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.
Anti-malls are the new malls. So proclaims the staff of DC area booster magazine Washingtonian, in a fun compendium of “The Best of Washington: 62 Reasons to Love Our City."
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