Smart Growth

How should cities develop? This is an important and timely issue. We are currently in the middle of a major period of urbanization. Blog Post
5 days ago   By Todd Litman
Since it was passed in 2006, Toronto's growth has largely gone according to its Official Plan, with new development clustered in key areas of the city. But the city's chief planner and others fear some areas are in danger of becoming "hyperdense".
Dec 27, 2013   The Globe and Mail
Another of those highly-cited surveys of the living preferences of Americans is out and it finds support for (somewhat contradictory) elements of both smart growth and suburban development patterns.
Nov 25, 2013   NRDC Switchboard
Smart Growth needs to adopt a more populist message, argues Robert Steuteville, and demonstrate how cities can empower people of all classes. Could "Lean Urbanism" provide the foundation?
Nov 8, 2013   Better! Cities & Towns
If you believe that large cities are dens of violence and crime, you are understandably wrong. First, let’s look at why you might think so, then examine what data actually indicate, and discuss their implications for transportation and land use planning. Blog Post
Oct 31, 2013   By Todd Litman
Bill Fulton, noted Smart Growth advocate and Director of Planning for the City of San Diego, looks to rebuild a department and pass community plans in the wake of San Diego's leadership crisis. In this interview, he describes the path ahead.
Sep 26, 2013   The Planning Report
Many factors have contributed to America's obesity crisis, but the design of the built environment has had an undeniable role. A new study shows that living in a smart growth community can increase physical activity among children.
Sep 25, 2013   Fast Company Co.Exist
If the small city of Otsego, located 30 miles from Minneapolis, is a guide, sprawl may be poised to make a comeback as the housing market roars back to life. But larger indicators point to a withdrawal from sprawl.
Sep 16, 2013   The New York Times
Joel Kotkin's muddle-headed theory on babies and urban living is aimed at blocking housing choice for young families, argues Robert Steuteville.
Sep 12, 2013   Better! Cities & Towns
Respected consulting firm McKinsey & Company offers a detailed report on the steps city leaders around the world take to transform their cities into great places to live and work.
Sep 5, 2013   McKinsey & Company
As the U.S. military infuses smart growth principles into the planning for its bases, leaders can learn from one facility located south of Washington, DC that's been able to accommodate dramatic growth with smart planning and innovative initiatives.
Aug 9, 2013   DC.Streetsblog