Planning

Property Value Theory - Some useful terminology and observations on urban property values

I've been developing a theory and some terminology that I find very helpful in explaining urbanism to developers, city officials, and others who "don't get it." Here's the gist of it, at the end you can find a link to my blog if you'd like to read a bit more. ... read more »

My Favorite Revitalization Story: the Rebirth of Old North St. Louis

My view is that no other single category of activity is more important to sustainable development than revitalization. ... read more »

When the market recovers, smartly located urbanism will claim a larger share. Here's why.

Even before the recession began, the market for residential and commercial property in the US was changing away from a model of unmitigated suburban sprawl and toward one of more central locations, ur ... read more »

I-880 cities seek a sense of “place”

Along Interstate 880 in the Northern California county of Alameda, cities birthed during the post-World War II era of suburbanism have begun turning the clock back searching instead for a sense of “ ... read more »

"Blueprint Denver" embraces the benefits of New Urbanism

For New Urbanists, it’s a principle that has been evident for quite some time: low-density, suburban development simply doesn’t make sense anymore. ... read more »

Strong Centers Make Healthier Regions

The signs continue to mount that the housing market is moving in favor of central locations, and away from sprawl. It’s all a matter of degree, of course, but the signals are real. ... read more »

It's time to adjust to the metropolitan reality

One of the recurring themes of my writing (for example, here) has been that, to achieve susta ... read more »

Obama administration announces cabinet-level partnership for sustainable communities

This is awesome. Here is an excerpt from yesterday’s joint press release: ... read more »

The Delicious Omelette of Urbanism: Incisive Post at Planetizen

Planetizen managing editor Tim Halbur posted some words of wisdom at that site last week in response to a Kunstlercast in which Jim Kunstler's co-ho ... read more »

TIME Magazine: Recycling Suburbia is #2 "Idea Changing the World Right Now"

TIME Magazine recently released its list of the “10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now,” highlighting some of the progressive ideas reshaping the face of our global economy. ... read more »