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How Useful is Walkability: Are You Oriented to Walk?

The physical requirements for walkability—like narrow streets and wide sidewalks—aren't always enough to compel the activity of walking. How can we reorient toward the primal activity of walking?

Road Tolls Are Fair and Benefit the Poor

Many people assume incorrectly that road tolls and parking fees harm poor people. In fact, they are usually less regressive than other funding options, and benefit poor people overall, particularly if some revenues are invested in alternative modes.

Urbanists Left and Right

Conservatives are becoming more visible within the smart growth movement; they differ in some ways both from liberal smart growth activists and from conventional conservatives.

A City that Takes its Planning Seriously (or Not)

Portland is a city that's often better known by the representations of it—like the television show Portlandia—than as an actual working city.

Affordable Housing in New York City—What’s Next

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has set a lofty goal of creating or preserving 200,000 units of affordable housing in New York City. How can the mayor's team deliver on that promise?

For or Against Smart Cities: Where Should Planners Stand?

Are we using technology to plan for utopias? Or are we luddites who are ignoring an inevitable future? Should we be for our against smart cities? Two recent books take on this debate.

Drive Till You Disqualify: Will Businesses Continue Hiring Super-Commuters?

Workers with long commutes are more likely to be be tired and stressed at work, and businesses are learning that they often make for less productive employees.

One Failure of Suburbia

Are suburbanites less fearful of crime than city-dwellers? Maybe not.

Change Management: Do Planners Lead Or Follow?

The world is changing, and so must we. Do we wait for external influences to force change, or can we lead our organizations to do better?

24 Hours in Manhattan's Winter Landscape

It is probably fair to say that most people think urban landscapes are at their best in the warm months. They may be right. But after a recent tromp through a frigid Manhattan, I am reminded how great cities can be in winter.

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