Policy

Public policy on smart growth

What density-phobia gets wrong

Three myths underly Inga Saffron's recent article objecting to higher-density housing in urban areas.

Sprawl costs US more than a trillion dollars a year

Sprawl costs the American economy more than $1 trillion annually, according to a new study by the New Climate Economy. That's more than $3,000 for every man, woman, and child.

They paved paradise, put up a parking lot …

“Big Asphalt” has changed the face of America and compromised our health, safety, and welfare—but we can defeat it if we try.

Gentrification: Wealth, opportunity, and community

Denying low-income neighborhoods investment in the name of preserving them is a strategy no white, middle-class leader would advocate for places where they live.

The benefits of form-based planning and coding

Let’s discuss how community planning could be fundamentally reorganized to improve both efficiency and placemaking.

How New Urbanism bridges left and right

Pragmatic conservatives take seriously the arguments of those who call for return-on-investment tests for taxpayer-supported infrastructure.

Seeking more than a few good transportation engineers

The job is to design street networks as good and sustainable and resilient as the ones we built 100 years ago—better, if possible—and to train more than a few transportation engineers who are up to that task.

Millennials skip the polls, transit measures defeated

Urbanful, a publication of Smart Growth America, partly blames low voter turnout among Millennials for the defeat of light rail lines in Florida and Texas on Tuesday.

NYC passes tax-free transit benefits bill

New Yorkers already spend less money on transportation by driving less and using transit more—now more of them will get a tax break for commuting via transit. 

Michigan’s chief of placemaking

The first statewide Chief Placemaking Officer coordinates government policies and works with the private sector to maximize investment in place.

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