Harvey and Irma point out the need to think deeply about resilience to major storms in the era of climate change.
Urbanism in small cities and suburbs, planning in a global context, and the stamp of retailers on the form of the city.
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.
Citizens have a chance to go beyond business-as-usual to achieve a higher potential through recovery from the historic 2017 hurricane season.
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.
How cities meet the challenges of water, a local fight against transit, and new places for new urbanism


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Denver apartments

In the Denver area, which is building a rail transit system called FasTracks, a recent real estate analysis found that people are willing to pay...

A Jeffersonian idea for the 21st century

Goodbee Square near Covington, Louisiana, takes one of Thomas Jefferson’s ideas and turns it into a 21st Century stormwater solution.A 1,280-unit...

EPA launches smart growth website

The Environmental Protection Agency has launched a web site with information about smart growth policies, funding sources, networking opportunities,...

Making up for transit shortfalls

Trends augur increased demand for transit oriented development, but from where might the money come to fund the transit?

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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.