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The Theory Behind NIMBYism

Why should people have veto power over anything built in their neighborhood?
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And the Feel-Good Oscar Goes To...

Discussing some of the most pro-urban movies ever made.
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Urbanists Left and Right

Conservatives are becoming more visible within the smart growth movement; they differ in some ways both from liberal smart growth activists and from conventional conservatives.
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One Failure of Suburbia

Are suburbanites less fearful of crime than city-dwellers? Maybe not.
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Legalize Jaywalking

Anti-jaywalking laws are based upon questionable assumptions.
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The Roots of Snowmageddon

Last week, many Atlantans were stuck in traffic overnight because of fewer than three inches of snow. What went wrong?
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Learning from Chicago's Schools

As the north side of Chicago has gentrified, many Chicago schools' test scores have improved- evidence that if a city neighborhood attracts enough affluent families, its schools will become more attractive as well.
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Affordable Housing Is Two Separate Issues

The policies that create affordable housing for the middle class might not be those necessary to prevent homelessness for the destitute.
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An Urbanist Tu'b'Shevat Seder

How to bring an urbanist slant to the Jewish holiday of Tu'b'Shevat next week
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The Creation of a "Drive to Qualify" World

The cost of intown housing makes suburbia fiscally tempting- but this is in part the result of deliberate policy choices by government.

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