April 20, 2017, 9am PDT
Richard Florida was right about everything, except when he wasn't. Ben Brown brings us up to speed on the Creative Class.
March 22, 2017, 12pm PDT
Deciding how to grow at the local level's not a red thing or a blue thing. It's a math thing. Ben Brown's got the lowdown.
February 8, 2017, 7am PST
Facing scary stuff that's also inevitable tends to clarify the landscape for decision-making.
January 14, 2017, 1pm PST
Ben Brown on placemaking implications of today's politics
December 1, 2016, 6am PST
Walkability’s greatest gifts to health are most accessible when we encounter one another in the flesh. In pedestrian-friendly environments, others amenitize space. On the highway, they encumber it.
October 26, 2016, 6am PDT
If even a sliver of a 78-million-strong set of consumers seems willing to hand over cash for something, businesses organize themselves to deliver, whether we’re talking hula hoops or downtown apartments.
September 27, 2016, 6am PDT
Ben Brown unpacks the components of polarization. Recognizing some people are really pissed off for some really good reasons doesn’t seem to help us make better decisions, whether we’re talking about electing a president or planning a park.
August 24, 2016, 11am PDT
Ben Brown takes a hard look at our capacities and limitations in a world more complex than we’d prefer.
May 24, 2016, 10am PDT
if a community planning effort is to be judged by the degree to which all voices are heard, then anything short of a big turnout is going to feel like failure. Ben Brown talks equitable engagement, and aligning promises with implementation.
April 20, 2016, 10am PDT
Applying ideas of Lean Urbanism to the charrette process can establish an agreement about values and rules for planning in ways that make it renewable.
April 6, 2016, 7am PDT
The dangerous absurdity of building a national—or a community—to-do list around fear, resentment, and wishful thinking
March 16, 2016, 7am PDT
Suburban retrofit: what's next in issues, approaches, strategies, and tools.
February 24, 2016, 11am PST
After a few decades watching—and sometimes helping—great ideas die of overexposure to reality, I'm convinced it's not enough to just listen to folks you're hoping to help. You have to make something happen. A well-conceived charrette helps.
February 2, 2016, 10am PST
A new crop of developers are delivering fine-grained urbanism. Ben Brown checks into their boot camp and provides an update on the movement.
January 14, 2016, 5am PST
Can the tiny house fetish evolve to address real sustainability and affordable housing challenges? Ben Brown says yes.
December 8, 2015, 11am PST
Planning wonks might have felt all warm inside when they noticed zoning topics wedging their way into broader conversations about community affordability and equity. Bring it on. Finally.
September 28, 2015, 11am PDT
Ben Brown points out the potential political upside to the aging population.
September 20, 2015, 5am PDT
The New Urbanist Katrina Cottages initiative for the Gulf Coast appeared to be a failure but their legacy lives on in the SmartDwellings and in the Tiny House movement.
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.