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Urban Sanity: Understanding Urban Mental Health Impacts and How to Create Saner, Happier Cities

Some experts claim that city living causes mental illness and unhappiness, but a new study indicates that urban environments provide many mental health benefits. Better planning can help make sane and happy cities.
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Funding Multi-Modalism

The new Republican Party Platform wants to stop spending federal fuel tax funds on walking, cycling, and public transit. That would be unfair and inefficient.
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Arbitrating Fairness: Potty Parity

Planners are often involved in social equity analysis. How issues are defined and measured can affect what seems fair and just. Consider, for example, the fairness of toilet access.
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Smarter Taxi and Ride-Hailing Policies

Taxis, including new ride hailing services, play unique and important roles in an efficient and equitable transport systems. Let's support them with smart policies.
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An Accurate Answer to an Interesting Question: Are Compact Neighborhoods Really Most Affordable?

Contrary to recent claims, the evidence really does indicate that compact, multi-modal neighborhoods tend to be most affordable overall, considering both housing and transportation costs.
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Selling Smart Growth

Smart Growth can provide many direct benefits to residents, businesses and local governments. Our challenge is to better answer the question that many stakeholders ask, "What’s in it for me?"
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Evaluating Affordable Housing Development Strategies

There are many ways that communities can support and encourage affordable housing development. Let's compare them.
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Smart Growth Policies for Urban Affordability and Fertility

The new International Housing Affordability Survey contains various errors and biases. The author even claims that compact housing reduces fertility. Really? Smart policies can create affordable and family-friendly housing.
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Implications for Planning Emerge From COP21

The Conference of Parties (COP21) held during the last two weeks in Paris establishes ambitious climate change emission reduction targets. This will be a challenge and opportunity for planners. Here are some highlights.
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Does Wendell Cox Realize He Just Supported Smart Growth?

Smart Growth critic Wendell Cox recently endorsed White House Economic Advisor Jason Furman's criticisms of zoning codes that limit infill development, essentially endorsing Smart Growth policy reforms.

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