Want Community? Build Walkability.

Want Community? Build Walkability.

Our neighborhoods and our cities would improve if more of us lived in places where “bumping into someone on the street” didn’t involve heavy traffic and a fender bender.  

Why Cities and Walking Go Hand in Hand

Why Cities and Walking Go Hand in Hand

My urban walks in cities around the world have shown me the richness of places that embrace walking, and why encouraging walkable environments in cities is quite simply the right thing to do.

Pain or death? The view from the balloon

Pain or death? The view from the balloon

If the global economy is like a hot air balloon, we're only given the option to continually go higher -- despite the risk -- or cut all the air and crash. Those options aren't good enough.

Suburban mall banishes bus stop service

Suburban mall banishes bus stop service

In a thinly veiled attempt to keep "those people" out of a local mall, this spring, the Valley West Mall in West Des Moines demanded that a bus stop that services the mall be removed from its property.

Where Every Citizen's Heart Can Sing

Where Every Citizen's Heart Can Sing

What if our goal wasn’t to build the most stuff in the shortest amount of time for the least amount of money?  What if, instead, our goal was to create places of lasting beauty where, every day, our souls could be nourished by our surroundings?

A Postcard from Marietta

A Postcard from Marietta

Caution: This post contains graphic images of housing displacement. Viewer discretion is advised.

Why aren't we talking about Marietta?

Why aren't we talking about Marietta?

It’s apparently acceptable for suburbs to actively discourage – and in this case, actually relocate – low-income renters. By pretending this sort of thing only happens in Brooklyn or San Francisco, we leave the low-income households who used to live in these now-demolished Marietta apartments vulnerable to very real displacement.

A Suburban Poverty Boomtown: Lehigh Acres, Florida

A Suburban Poverty Boomtown: Lehigh Acres, Florida

This suburb is a growing place, but it's not a successful place. It has almost no chance of becoming fiscally productive, environmentally sustainable, or a prosperous community full of upwardly mobile individuals and families. It risks becoming, instead, an increasingly isolating place full of people who are cut off from the economic mainstream.

The Trajectory of Suburban Poverty

The Trajectory of Suburban Poverty

Our de facto national housing policy of drive-till-you-qualify suburban development works well enough for people with an education and a professional salary. It fails the working class entirely and that’s by design.