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
Apr 13, 2015   By Todd Litman
I just returned home from a two-week speaking tour in New Zealand during which I gave more than a dozen presentations at various conferences and workshops in six cities and towns. Blog Post
May 25, 2013   By Todd Litman
The new mayor of Los Angeles is young, charismatic, and a champion of urbanism and smart growth. He should start using all these assets immediately to transform Los Angeles into the vibrant, transit-oriented city it can become, says Bill Fulton.
May 22, 2013   California Planning & Development Report
Utilizing 17 case studies, a new report from Smart Growth America examines the costs and benefits of competing development strategies. Any way you slice it, smart growth strategies are more financially prudent than building sprawl.
May 22, 2013   DC.Streetsblog
As L.A.'s mayor race enters its final week, polls suggest the two candidates are essentially tied. While there isn't much space between them philosophically, Eric Garcetti has supported density around transit, a position many find objectionable.
May 13, 2013   Los Angeles Times
Frustrated by what's passing as "smart growth" and "transit oriented development," Bill Adams postulates ten refinements (or less subtly stated clarifications) of the principles of smart growth and new urbanism.
Apr 21, 2013   UrbDeZine.com
San Antonio City Design Center's Executive Manager Mark Brodeur describes his observations of the nationwide trend in cities establishing independent urban design departments.
Mar 25, 2013   UrbDeZine.com
Over the next two decades, we’re going to experience the most dramatic changes in American neighborhoods since the post-WWII era. Ben Brown looks at the changes on the horizon for the housing market, and the role planners will play in meeting them.
Mar 6, 2013   PlaceShakers
An alliance of organizations in the United Kingdom has agreed on a policy statement promoting smart growth alternatives to current policies.
Feb 24, 2013   Brownfield Briefing
James Bacon examines how in Washington DC's suburbs high-density developments produce significantly more tax revenue per acre than low density developments.
Feb 20, 2013   Bacon's Rebellion
As cities across the country consider ways to limit teardowns and large home construction in established neighborhoods, Anthony Flint argues that communities should be flattered by "mansionization" and accommodating to this form of smart growth.
Feb 1, 2013   The Atlantic Cities