Equity

CNU co-founder Andres Duany and many of his colleagues launched the Lean Urbanism initiative two years ago to fight overregulation in building cities and towns. Duany recounts that his generation of architects and builders in the 1970s and 1980s...
Detroit wrote the history of the motor vehicle age in America, and Detroit is one of the most automobile-oriented cities in America. Yet less than 50 percent of the adults in Detroit own a car. That fact says a lot about how Detroit has...
Daniel Hertz at City Observatory introduced what he called the “Sprawl Tax” last week—defined as the cost associated with excess commuting distance for the top 50 metro areas. This distance adds real costs for gas, depreciation, and wear and tear on...
Note: This article was written as part of the Project for Lean Urbanism and edited for Public Square. Lean Urbanism will be a topic of discussion at CNU 24 in Detroit taking place June 8-11, 2016.
For those who are concerned that too many big developers dominate urban revitalization, the Naked Philly blog is an antidote.
Joel Kotkin charges urbanists with being anti-family—but he couldn't be more wrong.
"The public policy environment in Pennsylvania, and in most places in the United States, is absolutely, positively hostile to cities," said Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. Wolf said, for example, that the costs of water, sewer, and electric...
An infographic from City Observatory makes the case for why concentrated poverty impacts more people in US cities.
The Transforming City is the theme of this year’s Congress—and it’s the most inspiring CNU storyline that I can remember.
We believe form-based codes are the most efficient, predictable, and elegant way to assure high levels of walkability and urbanism – even in more rural environments. However, the political and staff capacity of many local governments is not prepared...
Housing authority begins construction on phase one of 1,200 residences and 400,000 square feet of retail and replacement of two schools in North Philadelphia.
Earlier this week, we introduced the Storefront Index, a measure of the location and clustering of customer-facing retail and service businesses. A primary use of the index is to identify places that have the concentration of retail activity that we...