• Preserving the rural landscape with agrarian urbanism

    In addition to land use that perversely incentivizes the destruction of rural lands with 5-acre lots, the financial system further incentivizes rural subdivisions gobbling up farmland at a frightening rate.
    As the harvest starts to come in here in Manitoba and conversations with my farming friends point to a good yield, I’ve been thinking about how to preserve these lands . Rural communities are often the ones with the greatest constraints, especially when it comes to finances. Without federal support...Read more
  • Seven key concepts to teach form-based planning

    These items are the sum of innovations by colleagues and reinforce practices that have successfully entered the mainstream.
    Having taught form-based planning and zoning academically and professionally over the past ten years , there are a few key concepts I make it a point to teach to my students. In many cases, these are holes that a traditional planning education does not fill; in other cases, these items are the sum...Read more
  • 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.
    In celebration of the 25th Congress for the New Urbanism , 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...Read more
  • 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.
    In celebration of the CNU 25 , 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 communities in the...Read more