Traditional Neighborhood Development

September 22, 2009, 7am PDT
Meeting the needs of aging residents has been a challenge for many cities. Some suburban communities are pioneering the conversion to an elder-friendly layout.
The Wall Street Journal
January 14, 2009, 6am PST takes a look at Plum Creek, a New Urbanist development outside Austin, TX that added 1,400 households to a town that had only 4,000 people in the mid-1990s. A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
September 24, 2008, 5am PDT
Cities around the country are beginning to think twice about having off-street parking requirements for every new development. Those who oppose these "parking minimums" say that it creates too much parking and stifles the growth of cities.
September 9, 2008, 9am PDT
New TNDs are springing up all around Houston, including three new projects designed by Andres Duany.
The Houston Chronicle
Blog post
November 29, 2007, 12pm PST

When I opened my email this morning I was delighted to see that the City of Flagstaff unanimously approved a SmartCode based TND ordinance. The ordinance, created to make a recent Dover Kohl designed project called Juniper Point legal, allows a more compact, pedstrian friendly urban pattern to be established within the City. This is a crucial step in providing alternatives to business as usual sprawl development. Fortunately, more and more cities - From Jamestown, Rhode Island to Miami, Florida, to Montgomery, Alabama - are making smart growth a legal and easy choice.

Mike Lydon