“The most effective way to fight global warming is to plant lots of trees, a study says. A trillion of them, maybe,” according to a July 4 article by the Associated Press. 
Building Places People Love is important for sustainable communities—urbanists should embrace the aesthetic eclecticism that is responsible for many of the cities we admire today.
Two-way streets prove safer, more walkable, and more supportive of business than one-way streets for Midwestern cities.
Opportunity Zone finance is helping to kickstart development around an underutilized section of the Beltline in Atlanta.
Four developments in Deanwood, DC, show the transformative potential of multiple projects that include low-income housing in a single Opportunity Zone.
It doesn't take much digging to find that generational blame for sprawl doesn’t add up and gets us no closer to a solution—for that, we need a more targeted approach.

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More urban is better for the Earth, data shows

Denser, more urban developments tend to generate fewer air and water pollutants and use less energy and resources on a per capita basis, according to...

Mississippi moves forward on house designs and SmartCode

APattern Book for Gulf Coast Neighborhoods, containing 70 generously illustrated pages that tell how to design houses and other buildings in the...

A $450 billion thumb on the scales of real estate

The federal government spends $450 billion a year for real estate loans and grants, largely toward single-family housing — and that's not even the...

Crystal City reaches out to pedestrians

Agrowing number of northern Virginia residents want to live or work in lively, pedestrian-oriented places. Consequently, Crystal City, a large office...

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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 STEUTEVILLE JUL. 5, 2017