November 23, 2015, 8am PST
"We're investing in walkability," always sounds like an encouraging tagline from local governments...or does it?
November 2, 2015, 1pm PST
Of all the sub-topics in urban planning and design, the ones likely to generate the most anxiety are those where land use planning intersects with economic development. Ben Brown ruminates.
October 27, 2015, 8am PDT
Scott Doyon shares his thoughts on last week's Oakhurst Porchfest. Potentially useful for anyone looking to launch their own version.
October 6, 2015, 6am PDT
What's keeping the historic parts of your city or town from staying up-to-date and well-loved? Usually, the laws.
September 28, 2015, 11am PDT
Ben Brown points out the potential political upside to the aging population.
September 24, 2015, 5am PDT
Seaside, Florida: what’s possible when vision, tradition, creativity, adaptation, and, yes, time converge in ways that allow for careful study and consideration.
September 15, 2015, 6am PDT
The Surgeon General's call to action, Step It Up, asks us all to get moving. And that to do that, to clear the hurdles to walkable, bikeable, rollable places. We knew that sitting is the new smoking, and now we have the full admonition to go with it.
August 25, 2015, 1pm PDT
Connectivity may form the bedrock of what we call "resilience" but we're just not all that neighborly these days. Can we become more competitive and lasting by restitching our threadbare community fabric?
August 17, 2015, 11am PDT
Even remote nature reinforces the need for compact settlement patterns.
August 11, 2015, 6am PDT
Katrina Cottages held such great promise 10 years ago, as an alternative to FEMA trailers. But a host of roadblocks stood in the way. After a decade, has the tiny house time arrived?
August 7, 2015, 1pm PDT
The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is upon us. Many of us city planners invested whatever skills we thought we had, plus a heavy dose of passionate naivete, to recovery planning in the wake of the 2005 storm.
July 31, 2015, 2pm PDT
Hazel Borys chronicles an Arctic expedition adventure, rife with environmental insights. If you ever wondered what it felt like in the olden days to receive dispatches from explorers off in distant mysterious lands, maybe it felt something like this.
July 13, 2015, 1pm PDT
A little history on the Inuit of the Circumpolar Region as the kickoff in a blog series by Hazel Borys
June 25, 2015, 6am PDT
Pope Francis, sticking to his job description, is out to save the world and all its creatures. Maybe we can help in our own little universes, where we can influence planning and design that makes for swell places and for reduced contributions to GHG.
June 15, 2015, 1pm PDT
Do we ever reach a point as a community wherein our problems are behind us? Sorry, but no. If anything, it gets more complicated.
June 10, 2015, 5am PDT
Toronto City Council votes on June 10 whether to remove or rebuild the Gardiner Expressway East.
June 3, 2015, 12pm PDT
The Plaza can behave as the community living room. Why is this so hard to get right in post-WWII U.S.?
May 27, 2015, 10am PDT
The latest in a list of tip-of-the-spear practitioners combining their own experience and expertise with the lessons of others who share similar commitments to the easy-to-grasp, hard-to-realize ideas driving new urbanism.
May 19, 2015, 7am PDT
The "health, safety, and general welfare" of our communities are poorly served by the outcomes of the status quo.
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.