With statistics showing that fewer than half of Americans know their neighbors, bringing neighborliness to neighborhoods remains a challenge for urban planners.
Oct 27, 2015 The Chicago Tribune
More evidence is piling up that commuting by anything but private automobile can increase happiness, social capital, and health.
Oct 5, 2015 Gizmodo
The price of long commutes can't just be measured in lost hours. Income segregation, job sprawl, and the resulting negative feedback on families eats into overall economic and social well-being.
Jun 30, 2015 Chicago Magazine
A new study by Laura Wolf-Powers at the University of Pennsylvania finds inherent conflict in the three varieties of response by community development practitioners to the foreclosure crisis.
Jul 15, 2014 Science Daily
Brendan Crain responds to recent criticism of placemaking as a counterproductive and superficial pursuit with a defense of the social and economic capital building elements that are the foundation, and outcome, of the process.
Jan 31, 2013 PPS: Placemaking Blog
Are we growing more connected, yet further and further apart? And how does this bode for the resilience of the communities we share? Scott Doyon finds promise as of yet unfulfilled.
Jan 18, 2013 PlaceShakers
As Hurricane Isaac lashes the Gulf Coast, Daniel P. Aldrich argues that the "density and strength of social networks are the most important variables" in determining how communities respond to natural disasters.
Aug 29, 2012 The New York Times
Nate Berg says that planners have a crucial role in making sure cities are prepared for natural disasters.
Jul 5, 2012 The Atlantic Cities
The Project for Public Spaces has compiled a "how-to" list for re-claiming your community's public spaces.
Jun 19, 2012 Project For Public Spaces
In the 1950s, nearly 1/5 of Americans moved each year. That trend is quickly reversing. Americans are now staying put in greater numbers than at any time since World War II, and experts have plenty of opinions on why that is.
Jan 28, 2010 New York Times