Robert Steuteville

Robert Steuteville is editor of Public Square: A CNU Journal and senior communications adviser for the Congress for the New Urbanism.

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How Jacobs and Alexander unlock 21st Century problems

Review of Cities Alive: Jane Jacobs, Christopher Alexander, and the Roots of the New Urban Renaissance, a book by Michael Mehaffy.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 16, 2017
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Critical data points for my street

One gaggle of girls, 270-plus trick-or-treaters, 20 pies, and one streetwise cat are vital statistics for this urban thoroughfare.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 7, 2017
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Garagescape

The domination of the streetscape by garages is common in drive-only suburbs. There are no "eyes on the street" from inside the houses—so the connection with neighbors is tenuous. What you don't see in this photo—because it is out of the scope of...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 3, 2017
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25 great ideas of the New Urbanism

The New Urbanism is a design movement toward complete, compact, connected communities—but it is also a generator of ideas that transform the landscape. Communities are shaped by the movement and flow of ideas, and the New Urbanism has been a...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEOCT. 31, 2017
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The beauty of 25-foot urbanism

These photos of Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati were taken and assembled by architect Tom Low. These 4- and 5-story masonry buildings were built circa 1900 on 25-wide lots—a standard American system of platting. They all have interesting detail on the...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEOCT. 27, 2017
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Supersized Happy Meal houses

The first step to good design is avoiding the bad, says Kate Wagner. Why not start with shutter crimes, poor proportions, and clashing architectural references?
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEOCT. 25, 2017
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Great idea: The polycentric region

Market and local government support for new urbanist values is rising and that is changing the planning mindset in many regions.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEOCT. 23, 2017
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Transect of incremental urbanism

When you have a chicken and egg problem, have a chicken omelette.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEOCT. 20, 2017
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Dealing with a donkey's view of climate change

Urbanists can contribute mightily to solving the climate problem—got any plans for the next few decades?
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEOCT. 10, 2017
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The death of New Urbanism is greatly exaggerated

Restoring the human-scale to the modern built environment is a long-term task, key to human health and welfare, that has barely begun.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEOCT. 4, 2017
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The break in the relationship between VMT and GDP

Chris McCahill of the State Smart Transportation Initiative explains how vehicle miles traveled (VMT) has become decoupled with Gross Domestic Product (GDP). While Americans’ driving habits have long been linked to economic activity, this...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 29, 2017
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Why walkability is not a luxury

Walkable places are vital to health and welfare—and contrary to perceptions, they also reduce household costs.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 28, 2017
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A gift of nature and architecture

Park Van Ness has remarkable details—and opens up a view from a major thoroughfare to a major urban park.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 21, 2017
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Genuine change or lipstick on a pig?

A well-known new urban project has begun to reshape the relentless sprawl around it, but communities shouldn't wait for that to happen.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 19, 2017
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Harnessing civil engineering for placemaking and preservation

Harvey and Irma point out the need to think deeply about resilience to major storms in the era of climate change.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 18, 2017
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Building on local assets for resilience

Plan NoBe in the North Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach sets the stage for higher construction standards to withstand sea-level rise—while strengthening defenses like sea walls, mangrove islands, and barrier beaches.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 13, 2017
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From the wreckage, hope and opportunity

Citizens have a chance to go beyond business-as-usual to achieve a higher potential through recovery from the historic 2017 hurricane season.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 12, 2017
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Why we should take suburban poverty seriously

As low-income people migrate further out to the suburban fringe, they become more isolated from services and transportation, according to a report by CNU focused on Seattle.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 8, 2017
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Harmony of old and new delivers affordable housing

An Oakland redevelopment shows how urban design and historic preservation can support a social agenda.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 6, 2017
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Great Idea: Context-based street design

Building thoroughfares as places of beauty and social interaction requires a context-based approach to design.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 29, 2017
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Transforming a distressed Long Island community

Two mixed-use buildings face a new square with fountains and activities like ice skating and concerts, forming the core of Long Island's first major transit-oriented development.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 21, 2017
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Parklets transform Southside Chicago street

How urbanism can bring hope and change to a working-class African American neighborhood.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 16, 2017
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Innovative design for affordable housing

Blue Water workforce housing on Tavernier Key, Florida, created a system that of density that fits into the surrounding one- and two-story fabric.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 10, 2017
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The million-dollar neighborhood

Walkable mixed-use neighborhoods help families build wealth—enough to help fund big-ticket items like college and retirement.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 7, 2017
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Eighty years of false freeway claims

Urban freeways never deliver the congestion relief that transportation planners promise, according to Norm Marshall of Smart Mobility. Marshall created this map that shows examples from around the country where urban freeways have disappointed...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUL. 28, 2017
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Great idea: Public housing that engages the city

Public housing in the form of complete or partial neighborhoods started with HOPE VI and became standard practice, impacting the lives of people in cities and towns across America.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUL. 27, 2017
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Launched with Tactical Urbanism, code reform advances

Hands-on process is changing the planning and development culture of San Marcos, a suburban Texas municipality.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUL. 24, 2017
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Conventional suburban vs. sustainable urban

This diagram [FOOTNOTE:1] explains a key difference between conventional suburban (top) and sustainable urban (bottom) development patterns. The conventional suburban area, governed by conventional zoning codes, separates uses into distinct areas...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUL. 21, 2017
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Great idea: The public realm

More and more people are appreciating that architecture and urban design of streets and public spaces have the power to connect, engage, and inspire all of us.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUL. 20, 2017
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Yesterday a danger zone—today, pure San Francisco

The Choice Neighborhoods development brings order to a city sector laid out in squiggly postwar cul-de-sacs. Newly redesigned streets lead directly to shops, transit, and other services.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUL. 19, 2017
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An industrial shell becomes city's gathering place

At the turn of the millennium, the 26-acre Pearl Brewery in San Antonio was abandoned and desolate—a collection of empty buildings and pavement with only five trees. Now the ambitious Pearl Brewery Redevelopment is an economic and social powerhouse...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUL. 13, 2017
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More transportation choices, better health

A recently released nationwide study strongly correlates greater transportation "modal diversity" with better health for the population as a whole.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUL. 11, 2017
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Freeway fill-in feeds urban revival

The noose around Rochester's downtown has been partly removed, breathing oxygen into the repopulation of the city center.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUL. 6, 2017
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New urban design for an African village

The principles of neighborhood structure and buildings that relate positively to public space resonate with traditional Zulu culture and village geography.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUL. 5, 2017
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Community-oriented redesign for brutalist landmark

The redo of the Boston Public Library 1970s wing shows how a building can be reform and adapted to today's needs.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUL. 3, 2017
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Sprawl: Brought to you by public policy

For those who are not land-use planning and development geeks, it may seem like communities are built by market forces or just happen randomly. But most development in America is shaped by zoning codes, other land-development regulations, and...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 30, 2017
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Orchestrating a cultural revival

The transformation of a New Orleans retail box into a music hall with magnetic street presence is a remarkable urban achievement.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 28, 2017
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A former industrial site pumps life into the city

One of Buffalo's brightest spots of resurgence, Larkin Square combines adaptive reuse, restoration, and new buildings and public spaces that complement the old.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 26, 2017
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Local innovation makes Main Street a town square

The Storefront Theater is a unique and creative use of a vacant space in a small-town Main Street.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 20, 2017
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Postwar neighborhoods are revitalization opportunities

The nation has a large supply of mid-century neighborhoods that are ripe for changes that will make them more walkable and appealing to new generations of residents.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 14, 2017
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This seems like good news: Why are economists anxious?

Prices for real estate in many cities have recently stalled, The New York Times reports, yet the development boom continues.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 14, 2017
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Small-scale urbanism revitalizes three neighborhoods

Stunning historic rehabilitation provides affordable housing in New Orleans.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 12, 2017
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A model for affordable transit-oriented development

Once a railway coal siding and more recently a full city block of asphalt surface parking, North Philadelphia’s Paseo Verde now provides affordable, high quality, sustainable housing for a range of income levels. The former 1.9 acre brownfield site...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 7, 2017
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Great idea: Rethinking parking

From coast to coast and in middle America, more sensible parking policies are taking hold and may be the quickest path to urban revitalization.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 5, 2017
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Great idea: Lean Urbanism

Lean Urbanism seeks to bring common sense back into the planning and development process—because great neighborhoods are built with many hands, often in small increments.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 1, 2017
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Investing in a historic green space

Restoring an original square in Savannah revives a neighborhood.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 31, 2017
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One of the last of the 20th Century ‘freeway battles’ ends

The 710 Freeway in Pasadena CA has no future, only an ugly past—one of scores of in-city highway struggles that began when many officials thought that traditional cities had no future.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 30, 2017
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Complete communities at all scales, for everyone

A new book offers an in-depth report on how public officials, citizens, and developers are working together to create walkable and inclusive communities.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 25, 2017
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Vehicles miles declining relative to GDP

While vehicles miles traveled (VMT) have risen in 2015 in the last three years after nine years of historic lows, the nation is still in a 20-year downward trend relative to economic growth, according to Chris McCahill of the State Smart...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 19, 2017
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Pontiac loop highlights a national infrastructure need

Streets support commerce, social interaction, physical activity, recreation, and multimodal transportation—yet DOT funding criteria are stuck in the past.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 17, 2017
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Great idea: Light Imprint for walkable green infrastructure

A leaner, lighter approach to infrastucture is more cost-effective, sustainable, and livable—an idea worth considering for America in National Infrastructure Week.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 15, 2017
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Great idea: Form-based codes

New urban codes have allowed cities and towns to code for complete neighborhoods and public spaces as shared-use places.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 10, 2017
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Charter Awards focus on renovation, revitalization

Many winners this year show how history and old buildings lead to richer neighborhoods and communities.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 8, 2017
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Band-Aid or coffin?

Speed of automobiles is a critical factor in determining whether a street feels safe and comfortable for people outside of motor vehicles. This graphic illustrates why, in symbols that bring home the point very clearly. People on the street, in the...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 5, 2017
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Great idea: Mixed-use urban centers

The market is much more receptive to the benefits of mixed-use today, but it is still easier to talk about main street retail than to effectively build it.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 27, 2017
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Form-based code with step-backs

Architect Laurence Qamar recently created a series of step-back proposals for the Woodstock Corridor In Portland, Oregon, illustrated above. "Instead of the boxy, ungainly 'space invaders' that have bedeviled other parts of the city, Qamar’s step-...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 21, 2017
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Great idea: Charter of the New Urbanism

A set of principles that are clear and generative provide a solid foundation for the New Urbanism. Those principles have withstood the test of time and empirical research, and they can be implemented in countless ways.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 20, 2017
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The wheel of community—broken and repaired

This series of drawings was inspired by the idea that physical communities have enabled nearly every human advancement since the dawn of history. Communities are hubs where people protect themselves, trade, specialize, and share collective memory...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 14, 2017
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Great idea: The rural-to-urban Transect

The New Urbanism brought the environmental transect methodology into planning and development of human-scale, complete communities. Now the human habitat can be analyzed as a continuum with the natural world.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 13, 2017
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Transforming a commercial strip corridor

A CNU "Legacy Project" explores how to initiate suburban retrofit in the diverse Seattle suburb of Tukwila.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 10, 2017
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Built-to-last versus throwaway development

See how pre-Revolutionary War structures compare to Walmart.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 7, 2017
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Great idea: Incremental development

Great places are built in small increments, and urbanists are restoring America's know-how and capacity for small-scale development by many individuals in their own communities. Do you want to be a small developer?
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 5, 2017
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Great idea: Traditional neighborhood development

Creating holistic neighborhoods from scratch was one of the first and still effective strategies of the New Urbanism.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAR. 30, 2017
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Great idea: Missing middle housing

Increasingly in demand today, missing middle housing forms the backbone of the quintessential American neighborhood.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAR. 22, 2017
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Great idea: Transit-oriented development

Transit-oriented development links transportation and land use—providing people with maximum choice in how to get around by intensifying activities near transit nodes with high quality public space.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAR. 15, 2017
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Great idea: Architecture that puts the city first

"The prime ingredient of urbanism is really public space and the public realm. So the urban plan comes first and the building second."
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAR. 9, 2017
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Vibrant urban center rebuilt

Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas, is a pioneering example of New Urbanism in a sprawling, Sunbelt city.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAR. 8, 2017
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Great idea: Interconnected street networks

In order to get good streets, you have to think beyond any single street—an idea that is at the core of New Urbanism. Dendritic networks lead to fragmented and dispersed land uses.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAR. 6, 2017
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Great idea: Cottages for emergency and permanent affordable housing

The cute Katrina Cottage has proven the versatility and usefulness of cottages that are designed to fit into complete neighborhoods.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAR. 2, 2017
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Great idea: Shock and awe for cities and towns

Charles Marohn of Strong Towns and Joe Minicozzi of Urban3 have been sounding the alarm across America about the financial unsustainability of fragmented development patterns and conventional suburban infrastructure.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 23, 2017
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Great idea: Multidisciplinary design charrette

A time-compressed design process that gathers all of the stakeholders and practitioners together has great potential for creating more holistic communities, experts say.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 21, 2017
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Great idea: Tactical urbanism

The latest trend in urban design and planning gets them off of the paper and out of a big room, testing ideas in the real world. It is fun and hands-on, and making many converts.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 16, 2017
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Great Idea: Building better suburbs through retrofit

Suburbs are becoming more diverse and connected to meet the needs of Americans of all ages in the 21st Century.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 15, 2017
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Sprawling cities are becoming more urban

America's most automobile-oriented cities are changing their growth patterns, making room for new urban planning and development.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 9, 2017
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Great idea: Pedestrian shed and the 5-minute walk

Pedestrian sheds are a foundational idea of designing cohesive communities, but the challenge is the gap between what planners know and developers are building.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 7, 2017
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Great idea: Sustainable urbanism

The trend toward complete communities shapes the debate on sustainability and environmentalism, and vice-versa.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 2, 2017
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Ten freeways in need of transformation

From Pasadena, California, to Buffalo, New York, cities in this report have the chance to remove a blight and improve prosperity, health, and sustainability.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJAN. 31, 2017
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Transformative transit this year

New rail and bus rapid transit routes are being built in virtually every large metropolitan area in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Almost 800 route-miles of new transit infrastructure–most of it with dedicated lanes–is now under construction, at a...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJAN. 20, 2017
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Ten reasons to build community through urban design

There are two models for development of cities and towns. One, the neighborhood model, founded on thousands of years of trial and error, brings people together.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJAN. 17, 2017
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Do Complete Street laws make pedestrians safer?

The carnage continues. We need to go beyond policies and transform streets themselves, according to a new report.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJAN. 12, 2017
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Nashville’s sidewalk deficit and America’s torn civic fabric

To bring citizens together is the very purpose of a city. Nashville’s sidewalk deficit emerged for many reasons, but it boils down to this: Planning and development during the Age of Sprawl was designed to keep people apart.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJAN. 9, 2017
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Transforming a ‘barracks’ into a neighborhood

Connecting housing by using a neighborhood pattern improves the lives of moderate-income residents.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJAN. 5, 2017
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Dynamic urbanism in semi-traditional cities

Cities that blend old and new are helping to define urbanism in the 21st Century.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJAN. 3, 2017
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Green Code will help Buffalo to grow again

The Great Lakes city needs clear direction in building and revitalization, and the new Unified Development Ordinance can provide it.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEDEC. 28, 2016
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Streets are social and economic engines, not just car routes

The transportation engineering toolbox is missing key tools when it comes to traditional cities, towns, and neighborhoods.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEDEC. 22, 2016
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Spokane can avoid a big mistake

There is no compelling reason to build a five-mile freeway through the east side of the city, according to engineer Ian Lockwood. A boulevard would do the job better.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEDEC. 21, 2016
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Providence freeway has a future

The good news: The highway will be improved. The bad news: The boulevard idea is officially dead.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEDEC. 20, 2016
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'Urban' is bigger than it appears

A "new analytic framework" by the Urban Land Institute ignores walkability and sets back our understanding of cities and suburbs.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEDEC. 14, 2016
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Rebuilding a victim of urban renewal

The Mercado District takes its urban design and architecture cues from Tucson's historic adobe neighborhoods.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEDEC. 12, 2016
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Traditional cities are having a big decade

Strong demand for historic downtowns and neighborhoods brings a surge of population at a level not seen in 70 years.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEDEC. 5, 2016
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Detroit selects ‘Pink Zone’ partners

City planning department, with funds from the Knight Foundation, hires teams to explore reducing red tape in development projects.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 30, 2016
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New blocks and streets repair a Sunbelt city

Here's how Orlando replaced a hole in the city with connective tissue.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 28, 2016
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Portland considers anti-McMansion measures

Proposed code changes are designed to reduce teardowns and encourage multiple small units in existing neighborhoods.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 23, 2016
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Old buildings are made for you and me

From California to the New York Islands—more business activity, affordability, and diversity can be found in neighborhoods with a range of old and new buildings.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 21, 2016
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Where millennials live

The often quoted cliche that millennials are moving downtown is not quite accurate. The greatest share of young adults is choosing urban neighborhoods outside of downtown. Just over a third of millennials identified in this 2014 nationwide survey...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 18, 2016
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Reforming the low-income housing tax credit scoring system

Affordable housing is built in the suburbs in automobile-dependent places, forcing low-income and working-class residents to spend too much on transportation.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 15, 2016
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Where to begin? Target a place

Many suburbs would like to revitalize infrastructure and assets, but they don’t know what problems to tackle first. Not knowing can lead to paralysis.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 14, 2016
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Sense of place is real

“Sense of place” is not some nebulous, mystical idea. Sense of place is the emotional or psychological reaction to "place," as shown in the graphic above, created by Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). Communities and...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 11, 2016
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CNU relaunches Build a Better Burb

After a year of work, the Build a Better Burb website has been upgraded, offering an improved platform for suburbs that are rethinking their planning and development.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 10, 2016
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Trump's urban policy: Highways and gentrification?

Urbanists face considerable uncertainty and concerns in a Trump presidency, but there may be silver linings.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 9, 2016
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New Urbanism's impact on small-to-midsize cities

In small to mid-sized cities, the impact of New Urbanism can be dramatic.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 7, 2016
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Five reasons why downtown revival is great

Justin Fox of Montgomery, Alabama, has watched downtown return from the dead in the last quarter century. Montgomery has benefited from a form-based code and new urban planning, and, most of all, the nationwide resurgence in urban living. Fox, a...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 4, 2016
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Syracuse I-81 teardown would save money, buildings

The State of New York is nearing a decision on whether to demolish or rebuild the aging elevated I-81 expressway through downtown Syracuse, and the city’s daily newspaper, the Post-Standard, thinks the highway will be replaced by a surface boulevard...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 4, 2016
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Compact development cuts water runoff

Compact development is the best for protecting watersheds because it reduces per capita runoff, according to this graph from the Crabtree Group. Most stormwater narratives state that density is bad because the increased runoff is only considered on...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 4, 2016
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Jane Jacobs was right

Older and smaller buildings and a wide range in building age offer real economic and social benefits for neighborhoods and urban centers.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLENOV. 3, 2016
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Naturally terminated vista

Little in this world is more powerful and satisfying to humans than a well-designed human habitat juxtaposed against nature.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEOCT. 28, 2016
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Preservation and urbanism go hand in hand

Historic buildings create the kind of character and vitality that makes older communities perform well economically, socially, and environmentally—and that is the central thesis of a new book.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEOCT. 27, 2016
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What is a livable community, anyway?

A walkable community is the most common term to describe the alternative to drive-only suburbia. Yet walking is so basic to human life that we often take it for granted. Perhaps a more inspiring term is livability.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEOCT. 25, 2016
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Target bets big on urban stores

Big box retailer evolves; chases customers to walkable urban locations.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEOCT. 24, 2016
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Millennial 'downshifters'

The movement of millennials toward major city centers has been well reported—but many are locating in smaller, second- and third-tier cities, as noted by Gizmodo. The reason is economics. As the graph shows, some major cities have an affordability...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEOCT. 21, 2016
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A code transforms a commercial strip corridor

“Thanks to skilled designers, a clear, implementable code, and a truly capable client, this plan is getting built, and well.”
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEOCT. 19, 2016
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A sidewalk to connect our fractured nation

It's easy to divide the country into those who have sidewalks, and vote one way, and those who do not, and vote another way. Yet sidewalks, and all they symbolize, are gaining political recognition.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEOCT. 13, 2016
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'Good bones' are a key to strong communities

Grids are easy and inexpensive—they are a natural way to design streets. But the convention for much of the last century is to model streets on sewer systems.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEOCT. 6, 2016
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Suburbs opt for urban streetscapes

Some suburbs are building an entire urban downtown from scratch to provide a unique identity and appeal.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEOCT. 4, 2016
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From parking lot to urban tour-de-force

Urban design and architecture on a leftover parcel bring a campus and a Los Angeles neighborhood closer together.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEOCT. 3, 2016
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Comparing the neighborhood and sprawl

An iconic new urban diagram from the 1990s shows a walkable neighborhood, top, compared to conventional suburban development, below. The uses are the same but the organization of the uses are different. This drawing by Thomas Low for DPZ was widely...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 30, 2016
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System A and System B

When the research favors compact, mixed-use neighborhoods, why do our policies often favor sprawl?
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 29, 2016
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Zoning reform is national priority, White House says

Administration calls for local laws to allow accessory dwelling units and denser development and eliminate off-street parking requirements, among other changes.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 26, 2016
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Vast white ring conspiracy

As usual, Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles was ahead of his time when he drew this in June of 1998. Toles condensed the history of race and urban demographics in the last half of the 20th Çentury into six panels. Despite a massive recession 10...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 23, 2016
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Ten years of marvelous Porchfest

"Porches become stages, yards become venues, and radical generosity and good will rule the day."
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 20, 2016
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The value of walkability and Walk Score inaccuracies

A recent study by Redfin, the owner of Walk Score, shows that true walkability has tremendous economic value—but Walk Score itself has problems.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 19, 2016
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Walmart versus the city

This is what urban economic analyst Joe Minicozzi calls "The Money Shot," comparing a Walmart in Asheville, NC, to a downtown mixed-use building in the same city. He puts all of these economic indicators side by side that show the relative poor...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 16, 2016
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Big safety benefits from transit

Commuters cut crash risk by more than 90 percent when taking public transit instead of driving, and investment in transit may reduce a community’s automobile crash risk in half, according to research.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 14, 2016
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Citizens fight wasteful urban freeway

A diverse group is promoting "cost effective," place-creating alternatives to rebuilding an ugly freeway in Providence, Rhode Island. The current 6-10 plan "feels like they are screwing poor people, like it's urban renewal 201," says a Coalition member.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 12, 2016
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When houses go bad

Do you love to hate the over-the-top residential architecture of outer-ring suburbs?
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 9, 2016
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How to fix the damage from in-city highways

Every time an in-city highway has been replaced by more human-scale infrastructure, the city and region has benefitted, according to transportation experts who led workshops for USDOT.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLESEP. 1, 2016
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Rebuilding a block at the heart of the city

Saving historic facades and modernizing buildings were key to revitalizing an important downtown square.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 30, 2016
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The morbid and mortal toll of sprawl

The ‘elephant in the living room' of rising and preventable US traffic deaths and injuries is government-funded roads in drive-only places.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 26, 2016
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At 50 million riders, time to celebrate the Portland Streetcar

The Portland Streetcar is one of the most successful and cost-effective economic development drivers anywhere in America in the new millennium.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 24, 2016
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New streetscape spurs downtown turnaround

In Lancaster, California, a simple change in street design was a catalyst for economic and social activity.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 22, 2016
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The struggles of ‘golf course communities’ and the foresight of New Urbanism

Developer Bob Turner talks about Habersham, the future of traditional neighborhood developments, and current development trends.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 16, 2016
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Macy's closings—another bad sign for malls

The announcement creates holes in enclosed shopping malls—meanwhile the department store chain is looking to open downtown locations.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 15, 2016
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Rear-view mirror predictions on US motor travel

For most of the 20th Century, US vehicle miles traveled (VMT) rose relentlessly. At the turn of the new millennium, the pattern changed substantially, but the view of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), did not. Above is a graph that shows...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 12, 2016
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Design solutions suggested for reconnected Spokane neighborhoods

This article is part of our ongoing coverage of the Ladders of Opportunity Every Place Counts Design Challenge, a program of the U.S. Department of Transportation with design assistance from CNU. Learn more at cnu.org/everyplacecounts.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 11, 2016
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Rebuilding communities bisected by I-94 in the Twin Cities

This article is part of our ongoing coverage of the Ladders of Opportunity Every Place Counts Design Challenge, a program of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) with design assistance from CNU. Learn more at cnu.org/everyplacecounts.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 10, 2016
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USDOT seeks to reconnect Philly neighborhoods

This article is part of our ongoing coverage of the Ladders of Opportunity Every Place Counts Design Challenge, a program of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) with design assistance from CNU. Learn more at cnu.org/everyplacecounts.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 9, 2016
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USDOT explores urban design ideas for Nashville highway and neighborhood

This article is part of our ongoing coverage of the Ladders of Opportunity Every Place Counts Design Challenge, a program of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) with design assistance from CNU. Learn more at cnu.org/everyplacecounts.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 8, 2016
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FHWA proposal would undermine traffic calming

There is still time for public comment on an ill-considered rule tying lower speeds on urban streets to "excessive delay." Please read the article and tell FHWA to drop or change this proposal.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 5, 2016
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Iconic warehouse becomes Beltline hub

Ponce City Market in Atlanta unites four neighborhoods and brings high-tech businesses back to the city.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 3, 2016
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Walkable is more affordable, but the rent is still too high

People with moderate incomes end up spending less of their hard-earned income in walkable places for two reasons.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAUG. 2, 2016
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Healthier neighborhood is key to healthier community

A holistic neighborhood plan created with the help of citizens is designed to improve health.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUL. 28, 2016
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Connecting a mountain town to the river

Outside Buena Vista, Colorado, on the site of a former garbage dump, 40 acres of riverfront land sat vacant for years. It took two nature-loving developers—risktakers with a background as competitive kayakers—to see what it could become.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUL. 27, 2016
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New opportunity for Detroit neighborhood

In Detroit, the neighborhood of Brush Park stands between three of the city’s fastest revitalizing areas: Midtown, Eastern Market, and the Central Business District.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUL. 26, 2016
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A hospital fully embraces urban planning

“The hospital can be a catalyst to create healthy communities in which walking, social engagement, and positive economic transformation are facilitated.”
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUL. 20, 2016
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A new conversation for USDOT

The "community listening chart" from Nashville, Tennessee, outlines the discussion that is taking place around the I-40 corridor through the city. The discussion is part of US Department of Transportation's Every Place Counts workshop this week—one...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUL. 12, 2016
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US has no peer in traffic death

US traffic deaths are way beyond peer nations and the gap is widening, according to a report released this week from the Centers for Disease Control. Traffic deaths in the US have dropped since 2000, due to safer vehicles and declining miles driven...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUL. 8, 2016
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A dead mall becomes a downtown for a sprawling suburb

Although Lakewood, Colorado, is the fifth largest city in the state, until the last decade the city had no true downtown. Instead, the Denver suburb boasted one of the country’s largest indoor shopping malls, built in the 1960s—but by 2000, that...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 27, 2016
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More walkable, more fair

Walkability leads to higher social equity, even in cities that have higher housing costs, according to research in the new report Foot Traffic Ahead. The graph above shows that cities with more office, retail, and multifamily development in walkable...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 17, 2016
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‘Walkable urban’ dominates US commercial development

Mixed-use, walkable commercial development is outpacing large-scale conventional suburban construction in every major metro area, according to the new report Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros, 2016. For...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 15, 2016
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Better streets are worth fighting for

Sadik-Khan's approach is both radical and practical. Instead of relying on traffic "models" that are rarely tested against reality, she made changes with temporary materials that could be reversed if the benefits failed to materialize.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 14, 2016
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Detroit's hope in neighborhood revival

Detroit wrote the history of the motor vehicle age in America, and Detroit is one of the most automobile-oriented cities in America. Yet less than 50 percent of the adults in Detroit own a car. That fact says a lot about how Detroit has failed, and...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 10, 2016
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A great city is a just city

The most successful new urbanist politician ever gave CNU attendees a role model for how to transform cities, how to care about character and beauty, and why urbanism is most important for those with the least money and privilege. Joe Riley was the...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 9, 2016
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The first suburban retrofit gets a neighborhood

After two decades, Mashpee Commons is moving forward with 300-plus residential units, more shops, and civic spaces with support from the regional planning authority.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 7, 2016
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Choice and the ‘sprawl tax’

Daniel Hertz at City Observatory introduced what he called the “Sprawl Tax” last week—defined as the cost associated with excess commuting distance for the top 50 metro areas. This distance adds real costs for gas, depreciation, and wear and tear on...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 6, 2016
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The McMansion is not a town

How many gables does this house have? I lost count at 11. The fake dormers and complicated roof line are meant to make up for the lack of variety in this Maryland exurb. Every house nearby has a similarly expansive lawn that is rarely used. Need to...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEJUN. 3, 2016
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CNU group seeks to Build a Better Burb

The Build a Better Burb Sprawl Retrofit Council met in Miami to explore opportunities for promoting land-use diversity and transportation choice in the suburbs—with particular focus on the needs of smaller suburbs with less robust markets. A follow–...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 26, 2016
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Appreciating small-scale New Urbanism

For those who are concerned that too many big developers dominate urban revitalization, the Naked Philly blog is an antidote.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 25, 2016
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New Urbanism's family values

Joel Kotkin charges urbanists with being anti-family—but he couldn't be more wrong.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 23, 2016
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Playing field tilted against cities

"The public policy environment in Pennsylvania, and in most places in the United States, is absolutely, positively hostile to cities," said Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. Wolf said, for example, that the costs of water, sewer, and electric networks...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 15, 2016
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Poverty is a bigger problem than gentrification

An infographic from City Observatory makes the case for why concentrated poverty impacts more people in US cities.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 13, 2016
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Comeback city: CNU in Detroit

The Transforming City is the theme of this year’s Congress—and it’s the most inspiring CNU storyline that I can remember.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 11, 2016
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Florida embraces Complete Streets, a colossal task

A comprehensive implementation guide was written to retool the machinery behind Florida's deadly streets.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 10, 2016
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The Transect: A diagram of diversity

The inspiration for this iconic drawing was a walk from the beach over the dunes and into the scrub woodlands in the early days of Seaside, Florida. Douglas Duany, landscape architect, explained the natural transect to architect Andres Duany, who...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 6, 2016
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An ambitious plan to rebuild a neighborhood

Housing authority begins construction on phase one of 1,200 residences and 400,000 square feet of retail and replacement of two schools in North Philadelphia.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 4, 2016
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The Flower City blooms again

As growing legions of Americans look for urban places, many will be drawn to more affordable mid-sized cities like Rochester, NY.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAY. 2, 2016
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Gold in the streets of Michigan

CNU recently completed four Legacy Charrettes in advance of CNU 24 in Detroit. On Monday through Thursday we published articles on the fascinating plans by top new urbanists. Two of the charrettes focused on city neighborhoods and other two focused...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 29, 2016
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A tail of woe

Heinrich Kley was a German illustrator active in the early 20th Century who was noted for darkly humorous pen-and-ink drawings. He sometimes focused on the conflicts of new technologies—such as motor vehicles competing for space on city streets with...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 29, 2016
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For Detroit artery, the future is urban

CNU Legacy Charrette team boosts confidence in a neighborhood with a languishing commercial corridor.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 28, 2016
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Downtown Pontiac: 'Nothing looks impossible'

The Legacy Charrette plan includes both incremental steps to kick-start economic and cultural activity and long-term visions.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 27, 2016
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Spurring investment in an immigrant neighborhood

Southwest Detroit is the kind of neighborhood that few people talk about outside of the Motor City. The community is not one of those that are vacant and dilapidated—the subject of "ruin porn" photos on the web. It's also not booming with...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 26, 2016
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A main street makeover for a first-ring suburb

A CNU charrette led by Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists, focused on how to transform a two-mile stretch of the John R Road that traverses Hazel Park, Michigan. The goal is to promote development of a walkable downtown where none...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 25, 2016
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Ten towns that changed America

PBS explores urban planning and the New Urbanism.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 19, 2016
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New York State emerges as freeway teardown leader

All of a sudden, New York State is the nation’s leader in urban freeway removal, as reported by Streetsblog. Andrew Cuomo is on a bit of a roll when it comes to urban planning and city-based economic development. Cuomo and his administration have...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 18, 2016
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Suburban office park must adapt or die

High vacancy rates and little reason to visit outside of 9 to 5 contrasts with the current success of central business districts. How can office parks be transformed?
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 15, 2016
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How green is this Apple?

I've been a dedicated user of Apple products for 20 years—but Tim Cook's assertion that Apple's new headquarters will be the "greenest building on the planet" is absurd. To get a sense of scale of Apple's new Cupertino campus, Josh Arcurio...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 15, 2016
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Ten more songs for urbanists

When I posted a list of ten songs for urbanists in February, many people posted alternative suggestions—so many that I nearly had enough for another list. I curated those suggestions and added a few more. Enjoy! Where Do the Children Play? Cat...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 13, 2016
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Mixed-use density in a suburban center

Building density that supports walkable urban centers is a key strategy of new urbanists—but this goal is challenging in already built-out suburbs. Existing conditions, space constraints, zoning restrictions, and long approval processes often...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 11, 2016
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Yes, small-scale development can survive gentrification

Oak Cliff, Dallas, went through the typical waves of gentrification. The creative types began to move in during the 1990s, followed by middle class families and young professionals, followed by the current wave of developers. Attached is a photo...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 8, 2016
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A human-centered architecture for our time

In The Humanists Versus the Reactionary Avant Garde, Charles Siegel illuminates the question of what progressive, contemporary architecture truly means.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 7, 2016
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A code transforms a commercial strip corridor

First built over 200 years ago as a toll road connecting Washington, D.C. to greater Virginia, the Columbia Pike now serves as a direct route to the Pentagon and other capital landmarks. Until recently, this Arlington, Virginia thoroughfare was an...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEAPR. 6, 2016
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A mixed-use center for town and gown

The redevelopment of a suburban commercial strip area across from UConn has made Mansfield, Connecticut, a better place.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAR. 22, 2016
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LA's parking crater

A recent study in the Journal of the American Planning Association estimates there are 18.6 million parking spots in Los Angeles County, which would cover an area 16 miles in diameter if combined in a single 200-square-mile parking lot. Even spread...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAR. 18, 2016
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Ten reasons for a new American Dream

A older American Dream, that of town, neighborhood, and city living, was submerged by the suburban American Dream—which controlled the regulations, finance, and investment after World War II.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAR. 14, 2016
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The four phases of New Urbanism

As revitalization of cities moves forward, urbanists are partway through a multiphase process that is changing America.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAR. 10, 2016
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A small Michigan city embraces walkable urbanism

Detroit has captivated the nation in its decline, bankruptcy, and booming downtown rebirth, but there is more to urbanism in Southeastern Michigan than the Motor City.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAR. 7, 2016
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The story of walking in US cities in one graph

This graph, from the 2016 Bicycling & Walking Benchmarking Report, released two days ago, tells you most of what you need to know about walking in US cities. The best 10 cities identified in this graph, where walking is frequent and safe, all...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEMAR. 4, 2016
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Council to study building a 'better burb'

CNU is reviving a tradition of intimate discussions with top experts next month in Miami with the Build a Better Burb Sprawl Retrofit Council.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 26, 2016
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Sprawl madness

These two suburban houses near Orlando, Florida, are about 60 feet apart, but to borrow a cup of sugar without trespassing requires a 7.1-mile trip by car—or a two-and-a-half-hour trek on foot (five hours round trip). A similar image was originally...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 26, 2016
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Historic arcade houses young professionals

One of the nation's most beautiful historic shopping arcades was restored into affordable micro-lofts and small shops in Providence.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 24, 2016
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The new science of street design

If transportation officials embrace a new approach backed by science, safe and effective mobility no longer need conflict with the multidimensional role of streets as public spaces and with people’s varied modes of travel.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 23, 2016
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Map shows how cities and towns can fight climate change

The impact of the neighborhood on many sources of climate emissions is clearly visible in this University of California research.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 22, 2016
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Ten songs for urbanists

I offer a personal selection of music on topics that urbanists care about—I hope you enjoy it.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 16, 2016
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A diverse new neighborhood in the city

A beloved amusement park closed in Denver, CO—luckily, Highlands Garden Village was built in its place.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 15, 2016
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Shared space intersections mean less delay

Mingling of people and cars at slow speeds is efficient and pedestrian-friendly, according to a University of Connecticut study.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 10, 2016
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The missing middle of our social lives

The social village has withered in the US, according to The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community, by Marc Dunkelman. How do we restore it?
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 8, 2016
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Welcome to Public Square: A CNU Journal

Today marks the launch of CNU’s latest effort, an online journal to illuminate and cultivate best practices in urbanism in the US and beyond.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 3, 2016
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Home design: The community is key

Good news for architects and urbanists.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 3, 2016
Policy

Jane Jacobs: Four ways to improve cities and towns

Influential words from the most influential writer on urban planning in modern times
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 3, 2016
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Grass roots culture creates community

For one warm fall Sunday afternoon, “the most diverse musical lineup of any festival in Georgia” transformed a neighborhood in Decatur, an inner-ring suburb of Atlanta.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 3, 2016
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The little house that could

When Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005, aid for the region arrived in all shapes and sizes from across the US.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 3, 2016
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The economic value of a unique place

How many times have you heard someone say, dismissively, "Oh, that's just aesthetics," or, defensively, "It's not just aesthetics" to signal that a "real" issue is involved, usually economics. Hogwash, says Urban Land Institute scholar Ed McMahon....
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 3, 2016
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Small-scale developers movement gains steam

A small developer and builders group associated with CNU is gathering momentum and has the potential to fill a gap in the industry. Resources are available for big urban developers and sprawl builders, but few educational materials and support...
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 3, 2016
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What traffic engineers can learn from doctors

Traffic engineers as a group have been much slower to recognize their erroneous techniques and replace them with less damaging practices.
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEDEC. 1, 2015
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As traffic deaths rise, blame engineering dogma

US traffic deaths are rising again—fatalities jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015
ROBERT STEUTEVILLEFEB. 3, 2015