As public art proliferates as a strategy to engage disaffected youth and enliven neighborhoods, Philip Langdon argues that an additional standard must be considered when evaluating such projects -- their content.
May 10, 2012 Better! Cities & Towns
On the 16th anniversary of the signing of the 27 principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism, many will be pleased to know that a revised edition of the book based on those principles is being developed.
May 7, 2012 Better! Cities & Towns
On the anniversary of Jane Jacobs birth 96 years ago, Anthony Flint explores the striking similarities between the planning doyenne and anti-planning agitators.
May 5, 2012 Better! Cities & Towns
The most influential planning trend of recent decades began with a small group of urbanists with varied interests who decided to pool their talents. Peter Katz, founding executive director of CNU, recounts their story and airs some dirty laundry.
May 3, 2012 Better! Cities & Towns
The mismatch between current US housing stock and the growing demand for walkable urban living can be addressed in part by recovering the skills required for intermediate-density housing, argues Dan Parolek.
Apr 5, 2012 Better! Cities & Towns
In an opinion piece for <em>Better! Cities & Towns</em>, Robert Steuteville argues that the Sanford, Florida, case is partly about what happens to a gated development when residents find themselves on the same side of the gate as people they fear.
Mar 26, 2012 Better! Cities & Towns
Robert Steuteville takes issue with a recent report on NPR's <em>Marketplace</em> by noted Economist Steven Levitt that concluded that driving while drunk is safer than walking while drunk.
Jan 16, 2012 Better! Cities & Towns