September 18, 2017, 11am PDT
Everyone has a different answer on what makes a great place, depending on how wonky you'd like to get. Kaid Benfield lists his top 10 ingredients for a healthy community.
April 28, 2017, 9am PDT
Like music, environmentalism's tenets evolved from precedent, and Kaid Benfield hopes they are evolving still.
December 13, 2016, 10am PST
What Makes a Good Main Street Work? Kaid Benfield uses Corning, New York, to illustrate five key elements.
May 10, 2016, 2pm PDT
Urbanism and smart growth are great for cities, people, and "the environment"—but neighborhood impacts must be mitigated. Kaid Benfield gives pointers on balancing the scales.
May 12, 2015, 5am PDT
Utilities and regulators should be looking forward, not backward, to find ways to invest in progress, rather than trying desperately to cling to yesterday's business model, which is based on encouraging consumption of polluting sources of energy.
January 6, 2015, 2pm PST
What's new for placemaking advocacy in 2015? In short, being an effective communicator is in. Being self-concerned and oblivious is out.
November 10, 2014, 11am PST
Susan Henderson looks to Berlin's delectable shopfronts for pointers. Not from the usual suspects like Kurfürstendamm and Friedrichstrasse, but from the neighborhoods of Prenzlaur Berg, Scheunenviertal, Kreuzberg, and of course, Hackeschen Höfe.
October 29, 2014, 9am PDT
PlaceMakers asks Kaid to give us his idea of where we are in the effort to integrate smart growth strategies in the broadest sense into community planning and design.
September 24, 2014, 7am PDT
Kaid Benfield shares his placemaking pitch.
April 2, 2014, 8am PDT
Kaid Benfield has a new book out, which Scott Doyon found positively uplifting. In ways beyond what you might be thinking.
November 13, 2012, 6am PST
Now can you qualify, quantify, and index it? Hazel Borys would like you to do so, and gives this data review to help you get started.
October 22, 2011, 1pm PDT
Kaid Benfield argues that continues revitalization of inner city neighborhoods is essential to achieving an equitable civil society, sustainable patterns of growth and maintaining a tax base to fund civic improvements.
September 3, 2011, 9am PDT
Planners, architects, and urban designers talk the talk and walk the walk, but often in a cone of silence, unheard - or at least not understood -- by those outside the profession, says Scott Doyon.
September 16, 2010, 9am PDT
Kaid Benfield presents the evidence that compact development can bring about a decrease in noxious emissions.