What do three-pack-a-day smoking habits, triple-decker cheese burgers and sprawl have in common? They all offer immediate gratification and deferred consequences. But now the bill's coming due. Ben Brown lays out some ways to face the music.
Jan 17, 2013 PlaceShakers
As the Sandy clean-up gets underway, could this be an opportunity for the Eastern Seaboard to apply some of the rebuilding lessons learned along the Gulf Coast after Katrina? Ben Brown shares some pointers.
Nov 6, 2012 PlaceShakers
Ben Brown argues that design adaptations intended to accommodate America's swelling senior population by "aging in place" will be unable, on their own, to meet the challenge. He looks at one model of support that goes beyond universal design.
Oct 9, 2012 PlaceShakers
Can community building deliver more jobs than trying to lure back an industrial sector that's been leaving the U.S. for decades?
Sep 11, 2012 PlaceShakers
Whenever a term is overused, it's up for snark attack. Ben Brown seeks to inoculate himself and others against that tendency, by describing why community health is an admirable goal and how it's connected to economic development (and beer).
Jul 25, 2012 PlaceShakers
What should planners take away from last week's barrage of polls about Americans' attitudes?
Jun 19, 2012 PlaceShakers
How communication based on emotion and intuition, rather than reason, may be the key to peaceful coexistence with Tea Partiers and Agenda 21ers.
May 1, 2012 PlaceShakers
Is the dream home for the New Era compact, connected and mortgage free?
Feb 29, 2012 PlaceShakers
An organic system is rarely the sum of its parts. Nothing demonstrates this as clearly as sinking your teeth into a store-bought tomato, writes Ben Brown.
Dec 15, 2011 PlaceShakers
Half of the US population lives in coastal areas, but 100% of the population foots a portion of the insurance bill. And as storm event strength is trending upward with global warming, the inlanders are getting less excited about that payment stream.
Sep 9, 2011 PlaceShakers