An Ambitious Approach to Planning a Small Texas City
Bastrop, a fast-growing city located north of Austin, is plotting growth on a street grid.
How an Urban Grid Becomes a Maze
Many rational, open grids can seem like a labyrinth to users. The labyrinth has emerged as an unplanned consequence of the evolution of cities, but solutions like GPS navigation and autonomous vehicles could mean relief.
Defining the Perfect Block Length for Walkability
Researchers at Harvard University have looked at multiple street grids around the country to identify what block size is the perfect length for walkability.
A Grid Balancing Act for Vibrant, Varied, and Sustainable Places
An analysis of three essential attributes of urban grids reveals a preferred layout for the desired effect of a vibrant, active community.
What Separates Georgetown From the Rest of D.C.?
Georgetown's grid of small blocks is starkly different from the L'Enfant-designed city that surrounds it.
The Man Who Made Chicago Easy to Navigate
Edward Brennan waged an extended turn-of-the-century campaign to clean up Chicago's then-confusing address numbering system. Though few recognize his name, Brennan's legacy lives on in modern Chicago.
How Driverless Cars Could Affect Suburban Land Use
Successful driverless cars might lead to "mini mass transit," a distinct mode from public transit and the private automobile. The consequences for land use could reshape suburbia.
A Call to Undo the 'Cul-De-Sacking' of St. Louis
A recent nextSTL.com editorial makes an impassioned plea to open the city’s closed streets.
In Replacing Hockey Arena, Pittsburgh's Goal is to Repair Street Grid
When Civic Arena was built in the late 1950's, it severed Pittsburgh's historic Hill District from Downtown, displacing thousands of African American families and businesses. A redevelopment being proposed for the site aims to re-establish the link.
Citizens Organize Around Restoring Street Grid in Downtown Oklahoma City
In a challenge to the wishes of the state DOT, a group of citizens has successfully campaigned for the addition of an alternative to restore the downtown street grid in place of a high-speed boulevard in Oklahoma City.
HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research
This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.