Better Cities & Towns

December 14, 2015, 12pm PST
If transportation officials embrace a new approach backed by science, safe and effective mobility no longer need conflict with the multidimensional role of streets as public spaces and with people's varied modes of travel.
Better Cities & Towns
December 2, 2015, 8am PST
Traffic fatalities are on pace to reach 35,000 in the United States this year. Some advocates are saying it's time for traffic engineers to stop blaming the victims.
Better Cities & Towns
September 19, 2015, 7am PDT
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 13th annual Smart Growth Achievement Awards recognize communities that lead the way in compact, walkable growth.
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September 18, 2015, 10am PDT
Cities face challenges associated with rising values, an influx of more educated residents, and gentrification. Here's what cities can do.
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August 12, 2015, 10am PDT
Better Cities & Towns gives its imprimatur to the "narrower is better" approach to lane width for traffic safety thanks to a study by Toronto transportation planner, Dewan Masud Karim, presented at the Canadian ITE annual conference.
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August 5, 2015, 11am PDT
Is the challenge of retrofitting sprawl intractable or unavoidable?
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April 3, 2015, 10am PDT
Little Asphalt minimizes pavement in cities, towns, and suburbs so that real estate can be used for higher value purposes—such as buildings and people-centered activities.
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March 27, 2015, 10am PDT
You are surrounded by parking lots and pavement so vast you can see the curvature of the Earth.
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March 20, 2015, 5am PDT
"Big Asphalt" has compromised our health, safety, and welfare—but we can defeat it if we try.
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March 12, 2015, 5am PDT
Robert Steuteville discusses the slow, phased emergence of the New Urbanism. We are only partway through a change that will take generations. We are now immersed in the revitalization of cities. More phases will come.
Better Cities & Towns
March 6, 2015, 9am PST
That question may seem like a contradiction, but it couldn't be more pertinent to communities and land use—existing codes and policies generate change by shaping investment.
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March 2, 2015, 1pm PST
Let's discuss how community planning could be fundamentally reorganized to improve both efficiency and placemaking.
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September 24, 2014, 6am PDT
Several common assumptions about new urban codes fail to stand up to scrutiny.
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August 16, 2014, 11am PDT
A meta-analysis published in Housing Policy Debate finds that extensive studies in recent years support positive claims about walkable neighborhoods.
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August 8, 2014, 9am PDT
Led by the Walton Family Foundation, Northwest Arkansas officials look to "sense of place" and walkable urban solutions for future economic growth and attraction of talent.
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August 6, 2014, 2pm PDT
Restaurants, retail, offices, and adobe homes pop-up in and around the long-suffering downtown damaged by urban renewal.
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August 5, 2014, 5am PDT
The new American Dream will transform cities and towns in the 21st Century. To understand it, we have to grasp a few features of the previous American Dream.
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July 28, 2014, 5am PDT
Streetcars are expensive and slow, and that drives Matthew Yglesias crazy. He fails to grasp Place Mobility, which can be an excellent transportation investment for a city.
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November 17, 2012, 9am PST
A new study of the Philadelphia area commissioned by the Congress for New Urbanism “finds new urban characteristics play a role” in how households and neighborhoods weathered the recent economic downtown.
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November 8, 2012, 7am PST
Planning policies related to the economy and environment are easier to measure, but Hazel Borys asks, "how do we measure national happiness, well-being, and social capital as they relate to the way we plan our neighborhoods, towns and cities?”
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