Content on walkable streets

Better streets: What's the priority?

In a Place, automobiles might be accommodated but they are not prioritized. Human scale and comfort are what rule, and all subsequent design decisions reflect that.

The champions of Little Asphalt

One way to understand Little Asphalt is to look at its heroes, what they are doing, and their ideas. Here's a list of 31 Little Asphalt champions.

The Little Asphalt solution for sustainable, healthy communities

Little Asphalt minimizes pavement in cities, towns, and suburbs so that real estate can be used for higher value purposes—such as buildings and people-centered activities.

Complete Streets are safe, effective, affordable, report says

Complete Streets correlate with broader economic gains like increased employment and higher property values, according to the most comprehensive study to date of this trend.

Top 5 reasons you know you are in Big Asphalt …

You are surrounded by parking lots and pavement so vast you can see the curvature of the Earth.

What (and who) is Big Asphalt, and how does it harm America?

The sheer amount of pavement we lay down is compromising health, safety, and welfare. It is a barrier to livability, complete streets, sprawl repair, and meeting the demand for walkable places.

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.

The manual for tactical placemaking

A new book covers an emerging trend: Citizens experience urban placemaking in real time, building support for more livable communities in the long run.

Are you getting the change you want from the status quo?

The future of communities is being written by land-use regulations. If we want to intentionally author our future, we had better get busy and consider the options.

Good news, bad news: Placemaking marred by traffic engineering

Bridgeport, CT, is launching a large-scale redevelopment of an underutilized waterfront, but when will engineers understand human ecology?

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