Joe Menard's blog

Tacoma's Salishan: A Safe and Affordable Alternative

Once a blighted and crime-ridden community of public housing in Tacoma, Washington - today, the area known as Salishan, is redeveloping into a stable, mixed-income neighborhood. Linda Baker's recent article in the New York Times highlights the impact Salishan has had on residents both old and new.

CBS News Article on The Kentlands

CBS News recently did a feature on New Urbanist communities - focusing particuarly on The Kentlands in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Witold Rybczynski discuss why people want to live in convenient, pedestrian-friendly communities.

Smart Growth Advocates Gaining Influence in Chesterfield County, VA

The normalities of sprawling strip malls may become a thing of the past outside of Richmond, Virginia as Smart-Growth Groups seek to change the way their communities are planned and developed.

Unconventionality of Old Philadelphiia - Influence on New Urbanism

Here's an article written right after CNU XV - from a weekly Philadelphia newspaper. The author calls for Philadelphia to take value from its past in building for the future.

Citizens Embrace New Urbanist Development in Chico

This editorial from the Chico, CA Enterprise-Record not only offers an endorsement of the recently approved Meriam Park development, it shows why communnity members are supporting it as well. The plan's walkable, dense, mixed-use neighborhoods are a big reason why.

Green Building and New Development in Seattle Neighborhood

A new two-part E&E story discusses the partnerhsip between the U.S. Green Building Council, Seattle Housing Authority, and New Urbanists to rebuild High Point - a once-blighted Seattle neighborhood. As detailed in part one, High Point's rebuilding efforts include 1,600 green-built houses (now half complete) that vary in price and aesthetic. In rebuilding, the neighborhood will include mixed-use zoning - something that is increasingly illegal in newly-built communities.

"Designing Cities for People"

More than just a New Urbanist priority, urban sustainability and livability are issues examined by Lester R. Brown of the Earth Policy Institute in his recent book Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble. In this excerpt, Brown compares transportation priorities of the world’s cities – both auto-centric and transit-based - and how transportation planning is affecting the environment and quality of life in those places. Recognizing that a “new urbanism” has emerged to respond to the immobility of automobiles in cities, Brown highlights Bogota as a major city that has successfully revitalized its streets and public spaces for pedestrian-use.