August 11, 2014, 11am PDT
Inherently unlovable buildings—no matter how energy efficient—lacks the stuff of longevity. How can your EcoDistrict design for lovable buildings? It may not include tearing down the historic stock.
July 28, 2014, 2pm PDT
In the new normal, an affordable lifestyle is suddenly of interest to a larger circle of us. Here's what some interesting innovators are doing about it, between now and when our politics and legal structure fully align with our needs.
July 21, 2014, 11am PDT
Life is hard. So are baseball, soccer, and a bunch of other stuff that require making good enough guesses to size opportunities and duck calamity. With apologies from Ben Brown for beating up on David Brooks.
July 18, 2014, 10am PDT
What are all the elements that make people more likely to successfully come together? It's complicated, but here are a few.
July 14, 2014, 2pm PDT
A small town in Kansas exposed itself to ridicule not so long ago with their crack-down on a Little Free Library. Their problem goes a good bit deeper than clunky enforcement.
July 8, 2014, 6am PDT
What's better than a great plaza in the summer? Some compelling public art to go along with it.
July 1, 2014, 9am PDT
Consider spending more time at the beginning of a community engagement process understanding predispositions that could turn toxic if we don’t keep the conversation about what unites neighbors.
June 9, 2014, 2pm PDT
Many of you attended CNU in Buffalo last week, but for those of you who couldn't make it, here's a quick collection of a few of the ideas shared.
June 2, 2014, 11am PDT
Spring brings out the romance in cities. Here's a bit of inspiration from Quebéc City...and Buffalo.
May 21, 2014, 7am PDT
Is there nowhere in your town to teach a kid to drive? Congratulations. You may be on to something.
May 12, 2014, 12pm PDT
A local Tea Party type is making a passionate pitch for what his group considers Constitutional guarantees against government planning, and I get this deju vu tug. I’ve been here before. I’VE BEEN THIS BEFORE.
May 6, 2014, 7am PDT
In the celebratory spirit of Cinco de Mayo, Scott Doyon invites you to let your freak flag fly.
May 2, 2014, 8am PDT
A quick city planner's guide to the voluminous Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report out earlier this month.
April 8, 2014, 10am PDT
Communities across the U.S. are increasingly frustrated at the persistence of mid-20th-century thinking about housing among local leaders even in the face of a mountain of 21st-century evidence that times have changed.
April 2, 2014, 8am PDT
Kaid Benfield has a new book out, which Scott Doyon found positively uplifting. In ways beyond what you might be thinking.
March 11, 2014, 11am PDT
As they settle into early adulthood, the anticipated and far-reaching impacts of the Millennial generation are formidable. Community planners, get ready. Change is a-comin.
February 25, 2014, 5am PST
As cities become increasingly desirable, gentrification becomes increasingly prevalent. The best places moving forward will be those willing to commit the best of themselves in working together.
February 19, 2014, 9am PST
How can cities and towns narrow the gap between promise and performance and, in doing so, build a solid brand? Ben Brown offers a one step to-do list: Get stuff done.
February 13, 2014, 10am PST
If you need a little misery-loves-company commiseration on winter, Hazel Borys shares some pics from Winnipeg, the coldest big city on earth. How this winter city deals with the polar vortex is something we may all need to get used to.
February 5, 2014, 2pm PST
This week's guest 'Shaker, Rob Dalton, talks roundabouts, bollards and buffers to get your feet into a 禪 Zen street.