Kaid Benfield's blog

Time for a Sustainable Revitalization Agenda for America's Smaller Cities

Andre Leroux, executive director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, believes that New England's smaller cities hold the potential to absorb much development that could help save the region's

Boston's Asian CDC Brings Urban Vision, Fun, and Affordability to Chinatown

Every summer, Boston’s Asian Community Development Corporation has been hosting an informal grassroots Asian film festival in a vacant lot near the city’s Chinatown Gate.

Smart growth must become more demanding, more community-oriented, and greener (literally)

Is it any wonder that neighbors continue to oppose density (oops, I meant "compact development") when what we have been giving them is lousy? We smart growth advocates have gotten lazy.

NRDC's Smarter Cities Project Wants Your Input on Sustainability Criteria

As some of you may know, Smarter Cities is an initiative that ranks US cities on a number of key sustainability criteria as well as on overall sustainabili

Bill Hudnut on How to Fix Transportation Planning

As I have written before, I believe most of the issues of growth, mobility, equity and the env

Security Measures Are Degrading the Urban (and Human) Experience

Several times each day, a military helicopter flies over my house in Washington. It flies much closer to the ground than other aircraft, and it's seriously noisy.

Making Smart Urbanism Even Greener with LID

My NRDC colleague Rachel Sohmer has produced a wonderful slide show illustrating how low-impact-development techniques for reducing stormwater runoff (sometimes called "green infrastructure") can succ

"Shrinking Cities": Let's Be Careful What We Wish For

Readers of a certain age will remember Joni's Mitchell's iconic anthem "Woodstock," celebrating the famous 1969 music festival (which, incidentally, she did not attend, but I digress).

Tax greenfield development, subsidize infill

I recently ran across a terrific post on T. Caine's sustainability blog Intercon extolling climate change policy to get on the smart growth bandwagon.

New numbers prove smart growth reduces CO2, cost-effectively

For the most part, the climate change establishment - whether in government, industry, or the environmental community - has ignored the potential of land use strategies to provide significant reductio