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How the ‘Social Field of View’ Impacts Street Life

The vibrancy of a neighborhood may be defined by what people can see in their immediate vicinity.

September 8, 2023 - Happy Cities

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Atlanta to Create New Downtown Sign District

Not everybody has the same definition of vibrant, but Atlanta recently chose the way of Times Square and the Sunset Strip.

July 3, 2017 - WABE

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Why We're Not Meant to Live in Boring Cities

Features like blank street facades literally turn us off, decreasing mental stimulation and bringing on restlessness and stress. Research points to worrying consequences for people who find their city, well, boring.

September 22, 2015 - Aeon

Los Angeles Downtown Historic Core

12 Strategies for Revitalizing Downtowns

Even cities without an official program for revitalizing their downtowns can take steps to transform their urban cores into a collection of vibrant places. The urbanSCALE website has collected a list of such strategies.

February 26, 2014 - urbanSCALE

Vibrant: May I Use That Word?

Whenever a term is overused, it's up for snark attack. Ben Brown seeks to inoculate himself and others against that tendency, by describing why community health is an admirable goal and how it's connected to economic development (and beer).

July 25, 2012 - PlaceShakers

Which Cities Have the Brightest Futures?

Zipcar has released the results of their first Future Metropolis Index, which the company commissioned to recognize cities that demonstrate smart urban planning and policymaking, reports Ariel Schwartz.

March 6, 2012 - Fast Company Co.Exist

Is a Vibrant City Best Measured at Night?

Chuck Wolfe asks if a city's vitality is best indicated at night, and how it should be measured.

September 28, 2011 - myurbanist

Beautiful, But Not So Vibrant

The city of Vancouver is beautiful, but according to this op-ed, it hasn't yet been able to create a truly vibrant city life.

May 27, 2011 - The Vancouver Sun

College Towns Stay Vibrant

Towns with universities are doing better through the economic crisis than most, attracting jobs and preserving property values.

August 30, 2009 - New Geography

Fast Company Picks 'Fast Cities 2008'

Fast Company highlights Chicago and London, their picks for U.S. and Global Cities of the Year, respectively. Whatever you think of the way such lists come together, these are interesting profiles of two vibrant municipalities.

June 5, 2008 - Fast Company

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

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.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.