Walkability

April 27, 2015, 6am PDT
In this long-form article, G.M. Donley reminds us why walkable and diverse communities have become such a planning staple. In Cleveland, New Urbanism contends with a history of sprawl and decreasing population.
Belt Magazine
April 24, 2015, 11am PDT
Better safety and multimodal ease are not the only benefits offered by complete streets. According to this report, on the average they pay for themselves and then some.
ASLA The Dirt
April 22, 2015, 6am PDT
In some cities, maintenance of sidewalks is not the responsibility of the city but of adjacent landowners. Philadelphia is finding what a hassle this arrangement can be. With countless blocks in disrepair, everyone is passing the buck.
Philadelphia Magazine
April 22, 2015, 5am PDT
Un-American to some, symbol of oblivious privilege to others, the urban hipster is a polarizing character. But the stereotype also lays blanket criticism on those simply trying to make people-scaled cities work.
kevinklinkenberg.com
April 9, 2015, 11am PDT
The newest rankings of the most walkable cities in the United States, courtesy of Walk Score, contains a few surprises along with its standard annual recognition of New York City.
CityLab
April 9, 2015, 8am PDT
The Florida DOT has approved Miami's plan to rework busy Biscayne Boulevard. In the spirit of Complete Streets, vehicle lanes will be reduced and pedestrian/bike spaces expanded.
Miami Today
March 31, 2015, 8am PDT
Despite threats like online retail, upscale sectors of the mall market are prospering. This is good news for what are, perhaps, the only walkable 'streets' in some parts of the country.
CityLab
Blog post
March 18, 2015, 10am PDT
A new article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research tests whether Jacob’s ideas ring true for predicting pedestrian vitality in Seoul.
JPER
March 11, 2015, 8am PDT
Southern California's Orange County isn't exactly known for its walkability. Frank H. Wu decided to test that notion on a recent carless visit.
Huffington Post
February 24, 2015, 9am PST
An op-ed column for The Buffalo News explains the thinking behind Buffalo's new Green Code—especially its benefits for walking, bicycling, and public transit.
Buffalo News
February 23, 2015, 5am PST
Douglas Hausladen, New Haven’s transportation director, envisions building complete streets quickly through a fail-fast approach.
CityLab
February 13, 2015, 5am PST
Cities vie for all sorts of distinctions: greenest; friendliest; wealthiest; most innovative. Portland, Maine, is just tickled to bits about topping the "Top-10 Coziest Cities in America." Added bonus: it beat out its regional arch-rival Boston.
Boston.com
January 27, 2015, 1pm PST
And an update from Codes Study about the 600 places that really are upping their game with form-based codes.
PlaceShakers
January 7, 2015, 1pm PST
Jennifer Keesmaat, chief planner and executive director for the city of Toronto, shares tips for how to create safe, fun environments for children.
Active for Life
Feature
December 31, 2014, 5am PST
A deeper look at the traffic data on Planetizen reveals trends from the planning and urban design conversation of 2014.
James Brasuell
November 29, 2014, 1pm PST
Researchers continue to verify the health benefits of walkable neighborhoods. Most recently researchers at Kansas University found benefits that communities can use to ensure the quality of life of aging residents.
Kansas University
October 9, 2014, 12pm PDT
The Bacon's Rebellion blog focuses on the potential of suburbs to meet the demands of a growing population with different lifestyles and expectations for their communities than previous generations.
Bacon's Rebellion
October 8, 2014, 10am PDT
Instead of density for density's sake (or for smart growth's sake), F. Kaid Benfield argues that the human scale is the key to walkable smart growth.
Huffington Post
October 3, 2014, 2pm PDT
David Alpert and Jarrett Walker go head to head debating the merit of streetcar systems in many United States cities and suburbs and their efficiency at creating urban, walkable communities.
CityLab
October 2, 2014, 11am PDT
A new cross-disciplinary report cites 32 case studies to offer practical solutions for integrating trees into civic spaces and surface car parks.
Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery