Traditional neighborhood dev.

Dealing with traditional neighborhood development

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 four phases of New Urbanism

The New Urbanism is emerging slowly, in phases. We are only partway through a change that will take generations. We are now immmersed in the revitalization of cities. More phases will come.

Daybreak makes no small plans

The biggest TND ever is the exception to the rule that small projects thrive in this economy.

Building the New Urbanism

Places, Professions, and Profits in the American Metropolitan Landscape

Suburban infill adds small-lot housing, connects to nature

Prior to the crash, New Urban Builders specialized in nicely designed and constructed production housing in a traditional neighborhood development (TND) format. The firm was about to embark on a 1,500-unit new town — but now this 4-acre infill development called Park Forest in Chico, California, seems like a better increment. The project is adjacent to a nature center and Bidwell Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the US. The single new street meanders around existing live oaks. The project is about two miles from downtown in a part of town that was developed in the latter half of the 20th Century. It has a Walk Score of 48. But it does have potential for densification and mixed-use, which would make it more of a complete community. See the entire report in the current issue of Better! Cities & Towns.

Transit-oriented, multigenerational affordability in Southern CA

LEED platinum apartment building brings seniors and children together in a downtown infill location.

Silver Spring project brings green space to transit

Moderate and high-density urban environments are more appealing when residents can connect with nature through access to green space.

Five green community stories to watch in 2013

In my final article of 2012, I looked back at the year in review, to honor important recent work worth celebrating.  For my first one of 2013, let’s look ahead.

Next Urbanism Lab 03: Redevelopment as a Tool for Urban (Re)Investment

Redevelopment is an implementation tool, just like zoning, specific plans and Form-Based Codes. It should be treated as such and conform with city-wide General Plans and more localized Comprehensive Plan policies.

Traditional cities and towns: Incubators of incompetent children

I live in a traditional town and am surrounded daily by anecdotal evidence reinforcing my cities-are-good-for-kids instincts. But are there aspects of modern life, that my child won’t be prepared for?

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