• The million-dollar neighborhood

    Walkable mixed-use neighborhoods help families build wealth—enough to help fund big-ticket items like college and retirement.
    Houses appreciate. Cars depreciate. That simple contrast is a key to building wealth over a lifetime, writes Todd Litman, a researcher with the Victoria Transport Policy Institute. Even though housing is more expensive in walkable, transit-rich neighborhoods, vehicle costs are substantially lower...Read more
  • Yes, you CAN finance mixed-use development

    After many decades of financial bias in favor of single-use buildings, the pendulum has begun to move back toward mixed-use and its superior convenience.
    How did Americans—people long adept at building lively, mixed-use Main Streets—allow that capacity to slip away? One often overlooked reason is mortgage financing: Over the course of the 20 th century, lenders became increasingly unwilling to write mortgages on buildings that had stores and...Read more
  • 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.
    In celebration of the upcoming CNU 25.Seattle , Public Square is running the series 25 Great Ideas of the New Urbanism. These ideas have been shaped by new urbanists and continue to influence cities, towns, and suburbs. The series is meant to inspire and challenge those working toward complete...Read more
  • 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.
    Note: This document is one of a series of tools created for Build a Better Burb, the Hub for Great Suburban Design. The Build a Better Burb website has been recently updated by CNU. The Problem Affordable housing is built in the suburbs in automobile-dependent places, forcing low-income and working...Read more