Public policy on smart growth

Progress depends on more 'infrastructure of community'

Healthy places need two physical characteristics: The architecture of community and the infrastructure of community. Here's why the infrastructure is so important.

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.

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