Public policy on smart growth

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.

A new era in affordable transportation

Place-based transportation is key to helping economically struggling families, and until recently this idea has been underappreciated.

A low-cost approach to walkability

Making downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, more walkable doesn’t have to cost a bundle, according to consultant Jeff Speck.

‘Sense of place’ is key to regional talent strategy

Led by the Walton Family Foundation, Northwest Arkansas officials look to walkable urban solutions for future economic growth.

Mission accomplished? Not yet

I agree that many consumers demand more walkable development, both in cities and in suburbs. But even in relatively prosperous, safe cities, the political obstacles to meeting this demand are enormous.

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