May 29, 2017, 5am PDT
The word "sticky" when applied to the urban design context has come to mean attractive and comfortable—the kind of place that makes people want to stay away and make return visits. Detroit is the latest city to experiment with the concept.
March 9, 2017, 1pm PST
This "livable cities" ranking considers transit, walkability, and bikeability.
November 22, 2016, 7am PST
Ryan Packer argues that Seattle could do more to improve its retail districts by updating its building codes to encourage dense, welcoming shopping districts.
March 2, 2016, 6am PST
Brent Toderian barnstormed Edmonton, Canada recently, giving the city an A+ for policy aspirations and a D- in budgetary prioritization. That sounds like a problem in many other cities as well.
October 28, 2015, 5am PDT
Though the role for planners in making it easier to walk was clear even before the U.S. Surgeon General urged communities to design and plan for walking, more information is needed to understand why and where people choose to travel on foot.
September 29, 2015, 5am PDT
No single tool builds "walk appeal" as powerfully as sidewalk cafes, which are both a cause and an effect of places we love to walk.
September 12, 2015, 1pm PDT
The idea that Americans should walk rather than drive: "a radical idea wrapped in a banal government document."
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
September 4, 2015, 7am PDT
No, those will not be the precise words of the forthcoming "Call to Action" by Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, but he will call on cities to "design and build roads and public places to make walking easier, safer, and more pleasant."
August 20, 2015, 12pm PDT
Danish Architect Jan Gehl talks about the intersections of architecture and social science.
January 7, 2015, 1pm PST
Jennifer Keesmaat, chief planner and executive director for the city of Toronto, shares tips for how to create safe, fun environments for children.
November 30, 2014, 5am PST
Metropolitan Atlanta accounts for half of the pedestrian fatalities in Georgia. One pedestrian advocacy group is doing the legwork to begin the process of improving the city's pedestrian infrastructure.
October 2, 2014, 11am PDT
A new cross-disciplinary report cites 32 case studies to offer practical solutions for integrating trees into civic spaces and surface car parks.
Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery
June 17, 2014, 12pm PDT
As cities work hard to evolve their perspective on the role of streets as public places in smarter city-making, remember this: Good cities know that streets move people, not just cars. Great cities know that streets are places to linger and enjoy.
June 12, 2013, 11am PDT
A fragmented network of sidewalks is commonplace in the suburbs of Hennepin County, Minnesota. Mary Jane Smetanka reports on controversial efforts to fill in the gaps and retrofit these suburban neighborhoods as walkable places.
May 16, 2012, 5am PDT
Josh Stephens muses on the modern state of an erstwhile global capital that has kept its aesthetic charms, but lost its <em>anima</em>.