Planning

Why Rate Neighborhood Design?

This essay discusses the reasons for neighborhood ratings, which can be grouped into six broadly overlapping categories: communication, recognition, planning, marketing, research and investing. ... read more »

The contrarian myth

For some reason, defenders of the sprawl status quo are often referred to as "contrarian." For example, if you google "Joel Kotkin" and "contrarian" you get 498 hits. ... read more »

Campbell Soup says it's determined to stay in Camden. Sprawling Office Campus plans ignore transportation assets.

Campbell Soup, the last Fortune 500 company in Camden, suffered a severe blow to its plans to create a 110-acre office park on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard when a judge invalidated its development pla ... read more »

Public Transit: A green line

Quite a contrast between the Garden State and the Prairie State: ... read more »

Public Transit: A green line

Quite a contrast between the Garden State and the Prairie State: ... read more »

Changing Skyline | City planning still bush-league By Inga Saffron Philadelphia Inquirer Architecture Critic

There are two kinds of people counting the days until Mayor-elect Michael Nutter fires David Auspitz, the blustering, bullying chairman of Philadelphia's Zoning Board of Adjustment. ... read more »

As deadlines loom, the fight for Buffalo's waterfront escalates

While the New York State Transportation Department prepares to award construction contracts for an improvement of Buffalo's Route 5 elevated expressway, ... read more »

Is California Ready for New Urbanism?

Leaders from CNU's Southern and Northern California chapter groups participated in a debate at the APA California chapter's annual conference earlier this month about whether California is ready to turn around it's development patterns. The consensus? The state still has a long way to go. ... read more »

Rethinking Green: Blockbuster Report in Environmental Building News Measures Impact of "Driving to Green Buildings"

The Nobel Committee’s decision to award this year’s Peace Prize for environmental activism reminds us that the environment has become a pressing political topic in recent years. The critical question is what kind of practical changes such publicity about global warming will affect. ... read more »

McKibben on Global Warming, and (New) Urbanism

Bill McKibben's recent reviews from the New York Review of Books suggest New Urbanism's potential role in the fight against global warming. ... read more »