Policy

To bring citizens together is the very purpose of a city. Nashville’s sidewalk deficit emerged for many reasons, but it boils down to this: Planning and development during the Age of Sprawl was designed to keep people apart.
The Great Lakes city needs clear direction in building and revitalization, and the new Unified Development Ordinance can provide it.
After all the twists and turns and unexpected events of 2016, I’m ending this year the exact same way I started it: full of hope and gratitude.
The Form-Based Coding process ensures that the discussion about where and what type of housing to allow happens at a community level, rather than on a project-by-project basis.
The Pink Zone is a tool for concentrating resources to enable small-scale, community-centered revitalization. It defines an area of focus, leverages a suite of tools, and provides a community platform to gather resources and make commitments.
City planning department, with funds from the Knight Foundation, hires teams to explore reducing red tape in development projects.
Proposed code changes are designed to reduce teardowns and encourage multiple small units in existing neighborhoods.
Many suburbs would like to revitalize infrastructure and assets, but they don’t know what problems to tackle first. Not knowing can lead to paralysis.
Our principles—and our Charter—are timeless, and the work of our members is as relevant and populist as it has ever been.
Urbanists face considerable uncertainty and concerns in a Trump presidency, but there may be silver linings.
“Thanks to skilled designers, a clear, implementable code, and a truly capable client, this plan is getting built, and well.”
Focusing attention on downtown, areas facing heavy development pressure, and neighborhood centers can help.