Regulation of building types helps to provide predictability and clearly articulate the intended outcomes in many kinds of walkable neighborhoods, but they are not helpful everywhere.
Streets for Voting is a useful tool for communities across the US struggling with new requirements for polling sites in a crucial election.
Memphis, Tennessee, shows the benefits of having community investment and social infrastructure, supported by philanthropy and institutions, in place during a pandemic.
The Atlanta neighborhood of Pittsburgh was the subject of foundation investment to develop in an equitable way.
Although community gardens are often the most unkempt area of the neighborhood, there is no reason that they can't be beautiful—and here are some ideas to make them so.
Although zoning was adopted locally, state legislation is helping to revise community land-use codes for the 21st Century.


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