planning

Mini-Book Review: Regional Planning can be Pro-Sprawl Too

I have written about how local comprehensive plans sometimes favor sprawl over urbanism.  But a recent book by planning scholar Carlton Basmajian, Atlanta Unbound, shows that regional planning can suffer from similar defects.  ... read more »

How A Traditional Agricultural City Functions: The Case Of San Isidro, Costa Rica

If you're one of those that is interested in the agricultural New Urbanist community concept, then you might want to check out the city of San Isidro, Costa Rica.  San Isidro is a city with a population of around 35,000.  It lies nestled in a valley surrounded on all sides by beautiful mou... read more »

How Changing/Updating Existing Zoning Laws Could Help Save the Planet

Prior to and during the Industrial Revolution of the 17 and 1800s, cities in the developed world such as London and New York City had become extremely dirty and polluted places to live.  With that many people packed that densely into such a small area, many serious issues arose, especially with... read more »

Will Any New Urbanist Development Occur Since The US Federal Reserve Transferred $15 Trillion USD To Private Banks In London?

At this point, most US citizens have figured out that there is serious issues and flaws occurring with financial institutions and markets in the United States and around the world.  The fact is that we now know that most of these issues in financial institutions are being intentionally manufact... read more »

How Aquaponics Is Revolutionizing Agriculture

Recently, a new method and system of doing agriculture has arisen known as "aquaponics."  The term "aquaponics," was derived essentially because this method and system of doing agriculture utilizes a mixture of both "aquaculture" (the raising of fish and/or seafood in a controlled, man-made env... read more »

LEED v 4 is open for comments

LEED v4 is open for comment until March 31.  This includes the rating system that CNU and the NRDC partnered to create: LEED-ND. ... read more »

My Buddy's Organic Fruit Stand In Costa Rica and What It Could Mean For New Urbanism

So this is my buddy's simple little organic fruit stand that I help to grow fruits and vegetables for at the beach here where I am typing from in Uvita, Costa Rica.  In my opinion, this is exactly what we need to be seeing more of in New Urbanist communities in more developed countries such as ... read more »

Lessons From Fukushima

Nuclear energy very clearly is not safe, and so therefore we should very obviously be exploring other forms of renewable energies to power New Urbanist communities as you can very clearly see in the image to the right.  What you are very clearly looking at is a cloud of hot particles of radioac... read more »

Farmton, FL: A New Opportunity To Prove What Can Be Accomplished For the Environment Through New Urbanism / Regional Planning

Recently a New Urbanist community comprehensive plan has been proposed and found to be in compliance by the courts in Volusia County, Florida.  This New Urbanist community comprehensive plan rests on a tract of land called Farmton.  This tract of land has historically been agricultural lan... read more »

Watershed Restoration Webinar with Paul Crabtree

Since 2010, CNU’s Rainwater-in-context initiative has worked with all levels of government and other key rainwater players to encourage the formation of best management practices, LEED-ND rainwater codes, and EPA regulations that take into account watershed level planning.  Engineer, planner, CNU... read more »