Better! Cities & Towns

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.
May 28, 2014   Better! Cities & Towns
Urbanists must adopt less bureaucratic approaches so that the next generation can build and grow the economy, Andres Duany says. Hence the proliferation of “lean” codes that emphasize only the essentials of shaping community.
Aug 16, 2013   Better! Cities & Towns
Much has been said about Millennials — the generation born from 1980 through the late 1990s, sometimes called Gen Y and Echo Boomers — choosing downtown living. Is it in rebellion to their suburban upbringing, or something more?
Aug 12, 2013   Better! Cities & Towns
New data supports Paul Krugman's contention that sprawl inhibits the American Dream.
Aug 10, 2013   Better! Cities & Towns
The nation has a huge quantity of postwar housing that can be made more walkable and appealing to new generations of residents. Robert Steuteville examines what makes them good candidates and notes some examples of successful retrofits.
Jul 3, 2013   Better! Cities & Towns
The trend toward less driving received national attention in May with the release of a report by US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), and the news has profound implications for both urbanism and transportation.
Jun 23, 2013   Better! Cities & Towns
From parking garages to its bike-share program, and streetscape improvements to trails that integrate nature and city life, Miami has taken a stylish but pedestrian-friendly approach to transportation decisions, says Claudia Kousoulas.
Jun 21, 2013   Better! Cities & Towns
It’s time to recognize that we can’t maintain the roads we have now, and that continuing down the path of highway expansion is both unaffordable and unnecessary, writes Stu Sirota.
Jun 20, 2013   Better! Cities & Towns
US Department of Transportation (DOT) officials would consider a change in the way they classify thoroughfares — to the benefit of pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users — but they need political support, writes Robert Steuteville.
Jun 10, 2013   Better! Cities & Towns
In his fifth entry in a lengthy examination of the successes and failures of New Urbanism, Peter Katz looks at one of the movement's key blindspots: the failure to help improve the processes and practices of local governments.
May 30, 2013   Better! Cities & Towns
Form-based codes voluntarily adopted by developers show how this kind of land-use regulation can offer high market adaptability while assuring a better public realm.
May 9, 2013   Better! Cities & Towns