The Choice Neighborhoods development brings order to a city sector laid out in squiggly postwar cul-de-sacs. Newly redesigned streets lead directly to shops, transit, and other services.
These items are the sum of innovations by colleagues and reinforce practices that have successfully entered the mainstream.
At the turn of the millennium, the 26-acre Pearl Brewery in San Antonio was abandoned and desolate—a collection of empty buildings and pavement with only five trees. Now the ambitious Pearl Brewery Redevelopment is an economic and social powerhouse...
A recently released nationwide study strongly correlates greater transportation "modal diversity" with better health for the population as a whole.
Reimagining the Civic Commons was launched in Philadelphia, and similar strategies are now being applied to five US Cities.
Pinpointing suburban poverty, an argument for gentrification, when residents side with developers, and what 5,000 Americans think of urban design.


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Development at transit stations turns controversial

A citizens’ effort in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, DC, and adjacent Takoma Park, Maryland, highlights what may become an issue at a number...

Good developments come in small packages

Review of Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World, a book by Ross Chapin. Taunton Press, 2011, 224 pp., $30...

NOLA inches closer to historic freeway redevelopment

Nore than 130 gathered to hear teardown advocate Peter Park speak on tools and opportunities for New Orleans citizens as the City continues to...

Public Architecture, a think tank and grassroots organization

Public Architecture, a think tank and grassroots organization in San Francisco, has launched “1% Solution,” a program aimed at getting design...

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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.