The New York Times recently reported on Buffalo’s “other story,” an unexpected and dramatic increase in population in the last decade, the first time this had happened in 70 years. The “other story” in the Times headline is a reference to the...
Of the four types of recovery facing America cities and towns—disaster, sprawl, disinvestment, and the recovery of community for those fleeing climate change—the recovery of places from serious disinvestment arguably gets the least amount of press...
Indianapolis has reformed its zoning along current and future Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines to support transit-oriented development, aided by a “geoaccounting” analysis, according to a report in Strong Towns. The analysis graphically showed land...
A Downtown Master Plan supports the urban diversity and access that are the goals of the 15-minute city, including affordable housing.
The City of Lyon, France, has several discreet covered passageways known as Traboules. They can also be found in a few other French cities such as Villefranche-sur-Saône, Mâcon, Saint-Étienne, along with several in Chambéry. 
This photo of Jackson Square, New Orleans, was shot with a drone by architect and urban designer Steve Mouzon. A photographer and author of The Original Green, Mouzon has been using a drone for urban photography for the last seven months, and is ...

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Boulder: a model for excellence in mixed-use design

In less than a decade, Boulder’s downtown has tripled in length. Not too long ago, downtown was defined by the four-block-long Pearl Street Mall, one...

To save lives, shift from arterial roads

Arterial roads — especially those with heavy traffic volumes, high speeds, and strip commercial development such as big-box stores — are...

New Urbanism dealt a blow at grocery store in LA

The Congress for the New Urbanism was hoping for better news in December when the Los Angeles City Council voted to approve an exemption to a...

'Formula businesses' restricted

One of the latest communities to restrict "formula businesses" is Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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Eight completed highway removals tell the story of a movement

Today’s local freeway fighting campaigns are not without precedent. Explore eight projects that serve as inspiration for the highways-to-boulevards movement in cities today.

LAUREN MAYER MAY. 31, 2022