In addition to land use that perversely incentivizes the destruction of rural lands with 5-acre lots, the financial system further incentivizes rural subdivisions gobbling up farmland at a frightening rate.
Toward sustainable urbanization, bringing tactical urbanism in-house, and walkable towns fight the big boxes
Blue Water workforce housing on Tavernier Key, Florida, created a system that of density that fits into the surrounding one- and two-story fabric.
Walkable mixed-use neighborhoods help families build wealth—enough to help fund big-ticket items like college and retirement.
Making zoning fair again, a teen's view of gentrification, and New Urbanist communities springing up
Outdated software and modeling overestimates the value of urban freeway expansions—and underestimates the effectiveness of alternatives like boulevards.


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New urban design for an African village

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