Policy

Public policy on smart growth

The encyclical of the New Urbanism

You didn’t have to be a person of faith this week to be moved by Pope Francis’s historic call for a new era of environmental stewardship.

Form-based codes: What's the deal?

The community gets walkable neighborhoods with affordable housing—developers get a streamlined approval process.

A new village for compact regional growth

Form Ithaca examined how spread-out growth in the Town of Ithaca can be reorganized into a village with a complete street connecting to downtown.

The benefits of removing stop lights

A growing number of experts advocate stop light removal to save money, improve safety, make cities more walkable, and boost traffic flow. 

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.

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