A Tucson neighborhood with new urban/sustainable design outperforms conventional suburban tract housing environmentally—with lower temperatures—socially, and economically.
Three heartland cities are investing to strengthen the downtown core and build a framework for regional multimodal transportation.
Even as e-commerce takes market share and national chain stores close, demographic shifts have created a growth market for downtown retail and mixed-use.
There's another side to Opportunity Zones: They could be a catalyst for an emerging system of building community wealth that is bottom-up and local—focusing on the "whole neighborhood."
Urban designer and architect Tom Low recently drew this side-by-side comparison of how a highway can gut, or work in harmony with, a city or town. The cloverleaf option, at left, is ideal for a highway interchange in the country, but creates an...
For about a quarter of typical road diet costs, semi-permanent street transformations have been successfully demonstrated in two cities.


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Costs rise in the suburbs

The study, “Beltway Burden,” found that in the Washington region, increases in a household’s transportation costs start offsetting the savings from...

Are corporations heading back to the city?

A shake-out in suburban office complexes hints at a more urban, but not necessarily spontaneous future work setting.

Ascending the ivory tower

A comprehensive list of research on new urbanist topics reveals some constructive studies — and the need for more. At the first new urbanist...

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has purchased land around the

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has purchased land around the chain’s Pass Christian, Mississipi, store, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The purchase...

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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.