July 21, 2012, 7am PDT
Diverse suburban neighborhoods now outnumber their central city counterparts two to one. How will increasing (or decreasing) diversity change America's suburban stereotype?
February 3, 2012, 6am PST
Writer Tara Sturm explores the merits of incremental urbanism on revitalization efforts with the help of L.A. architect Alan Pullman, highlighting grassroots, community-driven economic development.
December 7, 2011, 11am PST
The deeper our sense of community, the better positioned we are to take on change, says Scott Doyon, but the leisurely lull of the suburbs may have killed our ability to work together.
October 27, 2011, 2pm PDT
With the increasing popularity of online shopping, many shopping centers are losing retailers left and right. More unusual tenants are filling in the gaps, like gun ranges and bounce houses.
June 4, 2011, 9am PDT
In this food-focused installment of a series on "great places", <em>Grist</em>'s Tom Philpott argues that food system as currently structured creates the opposite of great places.
May 25, 2011, 2pm PDT
A vocal and dedicated contingent of residents have successfully rallied to halt plans to expand a highway in metropolitan Vancouver.
May 6, 2011, 7am PDT
In comparing the legacies of artist Andy Warhol and urban thinker Jane Jacobs, this essay suggests that the sort of urban community we think of today is more a result of Warhol.
April 5, 2011, 12pm PDT
Scott Doyon laments his growing knowledge of what makes great places because of how overly aware it makes him of bad planning and design.
November 16, 2010, 9am PST
Appreciation of diversity, social offerings, and aesthetics trump jobs, economy, and safety according to a new survey by Gallup/Knight.
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
September 30, 2010, 5am PDT
Looking back on five years of recovery in post-Katrina New Orleans, Roberta Brandes Gratz bemoans the fact that much of the community-based work remains below the radar.
September 20, 2010, 12pm PDT
Locals in Walnut Creek are up in arms over a proposed In-N-Out Burger. Columnist Tom Barnidge says that while "provincialism often is the catalyst for complaint," there is reason to protest in this case.
August 30, 2010, 5am PDT
In Portland, patterns of urban use are emerging that are similar to the European-style neighborhood bar as a community gathering place.
June 3, 2010, 8pm PDT
I have to admit, listening to Peter Lovenheim talk about his book “In the Neighborhood, The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time”, spiked my planner’s radar. In his novel, the journalist, quite intentionally, well, the title is self-explanatory isn’t it? It sounded a bit hokey and contrived at first, as did the interview. Lovenheim explained that the only way to truly get to know someone and develop a real sense of intimacy and bond was to sleep in their home and shadow them for the day. But the real story is about the loss of intimacy and comfort among neighbors.
May 23, 2010, 7pm PDT
A wish for stronger community ties and social interaction is prevalent among mixed-income Chicago residents, study finds.
March 5, 2010, 5am PST
The Swedish, apparently, long for community. Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture has proposed a redesign for an abandoned sanitarium, turning it into a green, multi-family community.
February 9, 2010, 11am PST
Americans are starting to value experiences over things, according to a new poll. Nearly half of Americans report spending less time purchasing non-essential goods, while many are spending more time on friends, family, and hobbies.
January 28, 2010, 5am PST
In the 1950s, nearly 1/5 of Americans moved each year. That trend is quickly reversing. Americans are now staying put in greater numbers than at any time since World War II, and experts have plenty of opinions on why that is.
October 18, 2009, 5am PDT
Maine mill town asks citizens to record their memories at downtown "Heart Spots" as part of the master planning process.
October 13, 2009, 2pm PDT
Joel Kotkin sees a trend in a 'New Localism'- people aren't moving around like they used to, and it's causing them to reengage with their communities.
October 1, 2009, 10am PDT
Strip malls are in virtually every American city, but they're rarely an important part of those cities. Ava Bromberg says they can be. Her idea is to turn strip malls into community-owned hubs that generate capital within their neighborhood and keep it there.