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Welcome to the archives of Better Cities & Towns, a publication founded by Robert Steuteville as New Urban News in 1996. This archive holds two decades of the best news and analysis on compact, mixed-use growth and development, from 1996 to 2015.
Quantifying the benefits of New Urbanism poses problems for two reasons. First, the movement is so new that sufficient built examples for study are lacking. Second, some of the benefits are spiritual, and therefore defy measurement. How does one...
Twenty-four foot wide streets are the safest, according to a study by Swift and Associates and the City of Longmont, Colorado. The study, Residential Street Typology and Injury Accident Frequency, looked at 20,000 automobile accident reports over an...
Researchers determine that good urban design is the reason why consumers are willing to pay more to live in the Gaithersburg neotraditional project. A recent George Washington University study shows that consumers are willing to pay $30,000 to $...
A new awards program aims to identify the best in environmental design research and practice. Sponsored by the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) and the journal Places, the program will include two categories of awards. “Design...
My adventure in Celebration began just over a year ago, and I don’t think my family’s life will every be the same. What started as a personal exploration of living in a neotraditional community to gain insight into the concept has now become a...
I went to Berlin to see what it was like to be in city undergoing serious reconstruction. We don’t have anything like that here in the States, but it’s reassuring to see that somebody in the western world believes in the future of cities. There is...
Nothing is more important to success or failure of new urbanist projects than street design. The street is the first part of the public realm encountered when leaving the private realm. With poorly designed streets, it’s difficult to imagine...
Report recommends shared street lanes, but lacks hard numbers Practitioners of New Urbanism have been waiting years for an officially sanctioned, authoritative document endorsing the kind of narrow streets appropriate for neotraditional projects.
A glance at any local newsstand confirms that consumers are becoming more aware of the trend toward traditional neighborhood developments (TNDs). Southern Living, the nation’s largest regional magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens both include...