Design

NACTO Paves The Way for Better Cycling

When it comes to accommodating bicycling, it’s no secret that the United States has fallen behind. According to the forthcoming, “Bicycling Renaissance in North America? An Update and Re-Appraisal of Cycling Trends and Policies,” (Pucher, Buehler, and Seinen), even our Canadian counterparts cy... read more »

Saving Lives Through Good Street Design

Last week's post from Ben Schulman, "Roads Aren't the Problem. ... read more »

INTBAU-TAG Queen Square Statement

The following comes direct from the INTBAU website : ... read more »

'The Suburbs' Wins Album of the Year

Earlier this year I wrote a blog about Arcade Fire's new album 'The Suburbs.' Now the album has unexpectedly won Album of the Year at the 53rd Grammy Awards. The album delves into the social problems created by our built environment. ... read more »

Crenshaw Fresh & Easy Store a Blow to Urbanism

Urbanism in Los Angeles was dealt a blow with the December 8th City Council vote to approve a Fresh & Easy grocery store on Crenshaw Boulevard. ... read more »

The Next Seaside Prize Winner: Dhiru Thadani

Each year, the Seaside Institute awards the Seaside Prize to individuals or organizations "who have made significant contributions to the quality and character of our communities." ... read more »

Jan Gehl on American Cities and Walkability

Fast Company recently posted a Q and A with Danish urban designer Jan Gehl. Mr. Gehl, the author of the book, "Life Between Buildings," as well as a new book titled "Cities for People," is an expert at building cities at a people-centered scale. ... read more »

LEED-ND is for everyone (in a lot of places)!

In Kaid Benfield's latest blog entry, "Analysis proves that even small towns and rural areas have locations eligible for LEED-ND honors," he fights back against the idea that small towns and rural areas cannot receive a LEED-ND rating. According to Benfield: ... read more »

The Pullman Wal-Mart: One Step Forward, One Step Back

I'm sure it wasn't intentional, but a story on the design of a new Wal-Mart approved for the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago's south side described my reaction in rosier terms than I intended. ... read more »