Better! Cities & Towns

May 28, 2014, 11am PDT
The new American Dream is about place, and that brings people and communities together. The 20th Century American Dream tended to pull cities and towns apart.
Better! Cities & Towns
May 24, 2014, 7am PDT
A dense network of streets creates the conditions for faster response times. Better pedestrian and automobile safety and excellent response times is a win-win. So why are fire officials undermining this network with calls for wider streets?
Better! Cities & Towns
May 21, 2014, 2pm PDT
A new benchmarking report on biking and walking reveals a big hole in this growing movement — many ped-bike advocates rarely talk to urbanists, and vice-versa.
Better! Cities & Towns
May 18, 2014, 5am PDT
Birmingham, Michigan; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Providence, Rhode Island; and others that adopted a new urban approach 15 or 20 years ago have transformed themselves.
Better! Cities & Towns
May 7, 2014, 10am PDT
Designed properly, roundabouts enhance placemaking and the pedestrian experience.
Better! Cities & Towns
May 6, 2014, 10am PDT
Two primary strategies will help to achieve affordable living: Reduce household transportation costs and support smaller living spaces.
Better! Cities & Towns
April 28, 2014, 12pm PDT
Cities take a physical form that either supports or is stressful to people outside of a moving vehicle or building. Witold Rybczynski, in his critique of New Urbanism, forgets that lesson.
Better! Cities & Towns
April 21, 2014, 7am PDT
For three generations, the American Dream was largely defined by continual suburban expansion. A new urban dream has emerged, and it is here to stay.
Better! Cities & Towns
April 17, 2014, 6am PDT
Lynn Richards, formerly of the U.S. EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities, is set to become President of the Congress for the New Urbanism in July. In this interview, Richards says that forging new alliances will be a key goal for her.
Better! Cities & Towns
April 15, 2014, 11am PDT
The multifamily industry is building more in walkable locations, but developers still need instruction on the manners of placemaking. Here are some hints.
Better! Cities & Towns
April 14, 2014, 7am PDT
In a comprehensive piece called "What's New in New Urbanism," Multi-Housing News reports that new urban ideas have "swept the industry over the past 20 years."
Better! Cities & Towns
April 9, 2014, 10am PDT
If you want to be profiled in Wikipedia, it is better to be born in an urban place.
Better! Cities & Towns
April 7, 2014, 11am PDT
After generations of sales focused on conventional suburbia, realtors are discovering the demand for walkable, urban places.
Better! Cities & Towns
April 2, 2014, 2pm PDT
The administrative change to follow recent successful FHA standards, according to CNU president John Norquist.
Better! Cities & Towns
March 31, 2014, 10am PDT
Connecting competence to organized support is key to reversing the Sisyphean cycle of urban placemaking.
Better! Cities & Towns
March 28, 2014, 2pm PDT
Initial attempts at making city streets more encouraging to cyclists have often been marred by poor design.
Better! Cities & Towns
March 4, 2014, 7am PST
Who benefits the most from synergistic growth, where the parts of the built environment are brought together to create a strong community and sense of place?
Better! Cities & Towns
March 1, 2014, 5am PST
When freeways are dismantled, economic, and social benefits often follow. A mid-20th Century mechanistic view fails to understand such outcomes.
Better! Cities & Towns
February 27, 2014, 6am PST
To forge a coalition for urban places, let’s start by trumpeting an important fact: The value of cities and towns transcends simple arithmetic.
Better! Cities & Towns
November 8, 2013, 9am PST
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?
Better! Cities & Towns