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The Codes Study is updated! These are the cities that are rewriting their land use laws to promote wellness, economic strength, and environmental resilience.
November 22, 2016, 2pm PST
The first step of character-based zoning is extracting local DNA. Hazel Borys reviews Tucson's highlights for Sonoran Desert inspiration.
October 18, 2016, 2pm PDT
Struggling with zoning that thwarts the construction of new hamlets, villages, towns, and cities? Susan Henderson has a bit of place type inspiration from across the pond.
May 3, 2016, 12pm PDT
Susan Henderson investigates Lean Urbanism strategies for incremental code reform to improve walkability and reduce financial and regulatory burdens in a manner that matches local capacity.
March 30, 2016, 6am PDT
618 form-based codes made it on the latest Codes Study. The authors are requesting your additions to the update.
January 6, 2016, 9am PST
"It's too cold to walk here" is often the response to the subject of livability in northern climes. Hazel Borys hails from the third coldest city of its size on earth and talks walkable winter cities.
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.
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.?
April 14, 2015, 6am PDT
Don't design for the climax condition if today's marketplace supports something less—and other urban succession ideas.
January 27, 2015, 1pm PST
And an update from Codes Study about the 600 places that really are upping their game with form-based codes.
November 14, 2014, 5am PST
Are you thinking about playborhoods, playsheds, and free-range kids? Berlin's Kolle 37 hits it out of the park. Literally.
November 7, 2014, 12pm PST
Looking to integrate artisan manufacturing into a residential neighborhood? Berlin examples provide a few pointers, via Hazel Borys.
September 16, 2014, 11am PDT
What's your elevator pitch on why placemaking matters? Here's a couple rounded up by Hazel Borys, and some numbers that help refine their message.
August 10, 2014, 5am PDT
Owners of a 173-acre office campus in Simsbury, Connecticut are hoping that by adopting a form-based code as a guide for potential redevelopment of the site, potential buyers have more reason to pull the trigger on a deal.
Hartford Business Journal
June 11, 2014, 8am PDT
Cincinnati’s Department of Planning and Buildings was awarded the grand prize for "Best Planning Tool or Process" at the Congress for the New Urbanism's national conference last week. The award is just the latest in a string of commendations.
June 2, 2014, 11am PDT
Spring brings out the romance in cities. Here's a bit of inspiration from Quebéc City...and Buffalo.
February 7, 2014, 9am PST
Atlantic Cities details the new urbanist vision of a master planned community called Eastmark in Mesa, Arizona. The development’s mix of uses, form-based code, and walkability create “an uncommon sales pitch for car-dependent Arizona.”
July 17, 2013, 9am PDT
Are we on the brink of a third industrial revolution? Guest 'PlaceShaker' Scott Bernstein thinks maybe, and looks to past successes for key patterns and ideas for injecting walkability into areas with industrial or 'special' uses.
June 18, 2013, 10am PDT
London calling! PlaceMaker Hazel Borys fuses her passions for great cities, efficient transit, civic art and form-based coding into one lavishly documented examination of the English capital. Cheers, mates!
May 17, 2013, 7am PDT
Form-based codes extract the DNA of the desired local character, and enable it by right. Hazel Borys talks about how to get the numbers right in this week's Back of the Envelope.