There are thousands of stroad sections in the US. Transforming a good number of them is important to to the goal of improving quality of life and mobility in cities and towns.
I love these boardwalks in Carlton Landing, a new town in Oklahoma. The houses face a tiny pedestrian thoroughfare that consists of the boardwalk and rain gardens. The rainwater simply soaks into the ground. 
In mid-April of 2020, we published an article indicating that as traffic was plummeting, traffic deaths were rising. This counterintuitive claim was not backed by firm numbers at the time, and the world was more focused on deaths from the pandemic...
Too many architects, planners, transportation engineers, and urban designers reduce the ADA to some kind of onerous hurdle that must be leaped.
A New England-style green creates the site for mixed-use and affordable housing at the center of a historic city.
The US may see 100,000 churches close, and this issue could help determine the success or failure of many downtowns and neighborhoods over the next three to four decades. The skills of urbanists are needed.

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Harrison Rue has been named executive director of

Harrison Rue has been named executive director of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization in Virginia. Rue was working on...

Return of the greenfield TND?

The three projects — in Richardson and Fort Worth, Texas, and Clovis, New Mexico — profiled in the accompanying article are all new, greenfield...

Steven Bodzin and Erica Mohar are both

Steven Bodzin and Erica Mohar are both leaving CNU for greener pastures. Mohar, CNU’s Membership Coordinator for a year, is moving to Los Angeles....

Alameda, County, California, which encompasses most of East

Alameda, County, California, which encompasses most of East San Francisco Bay, including Oakland, has adopted a “pedestrian master plan” aimed at...

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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