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There are two models for development of cities and towns. One, the neighborhood model, founded on thousands of years of trial and error, brings us closer together.
Here's how great walking environments benefit eating and drinking establishments (and vice-versa).
About thirty years ago, someone told me that “The best transportation plan for a city is a good land use plan.” Over the years, the more I thought about it, the more sense this idea made to me. I realized that the potential for land use changes to...
The carnage continues. We need to go beyond policies and transform streets themselves, according to a new report.
A pithy summary of why our infrastructure spending goes wrong—and how to fix it.

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Less parking, better centers

A two-year study in New England found that when uses are mixed, 24 percent less parking is needed. Norman Garrick and Wesley Marshall of the...

“The mistake cities get caught in

“The mistake cities get caught in is having to build a ‘good business climate.’ What they have to do is build a people climate.” —Richard Florida,...

HUD announces new funding for Choice Neighborhoods

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the availability of $110 million in grants to transform public and assisted housing and...

Fight CO2 with smart growth, California asked

The draft plan for meeting greenhouse gas reductions falls short, according to urbanists, but support is growing for more aggressive measures....

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The morbid and mortal toll of sprawl

The ‘elephant in the living room' of rising and preventable US traffic deaths and injuries is government-funded roads in drive-only places.