Easy Payments

Easy Payments

The allure of a silver-bullet economic development project is like that boat you buy for a low, low down payment. You know, the one that ended up sitting in your driveway under a tarp for years. Just ask Memphis.

Top 5 Stories from the Week (Feb 11–15, 2019)

Top 5 Stories from the Week (Feb 11–15, 2019)

This week we talked about megaprojects, from the precarious future of California high-speed rail to the precarious financial math behind the ambitious Green New Deal proposal. And we shared a couple lessons in how to productively think small about our cities instead.

When It Snows, Whose Mobility Matters?

When It Snows, Whose Mobility Matters?

Even in cities that tout their commitment to walkability, once it snows, those who walk (and roll!) often aren’t treated as equally important street users.

Savor Your Small Parcels, and Create More of Them

Savor Your Small Parcels, and Create More of Them

It matters what size chunks we build our cities in. Making room for many small-scale development projects on small lots is the universal historical model for a reason, and modern cities could stand to get back to it.

How the Modest Walk Can Connect You to Your Community

How the Modest Walk Can Connect You to Your Community

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Dustin Ratcliff—founding member of Walk2Connect—about how you can connect with your community on foot, including how to motivate your neighbors to form a walking group, how to use your walking group to influence how your city or town is develop, and how connecting with your community on foot makes our cities and towns stronger.

Love After Loss: An Urban Therapy Session

Love After Loss: An Urban Therapy Session

Rust Belt cities have endured difficult losses, and no matter how hard they’ve tried, they have never quite been able to shake the financial and psychological wounds. So today, we’re taking the American city to therapy.

The Problem with Helicopter Urbanism

The Problem with Helicopter Urbanism

It is important when we design a building or a neighborhood to look at how it feels and interacts with the street. Too often, new development feels designed from a helicopter’s-eye-view.

Top 5 Stories from the Week (Feb 4–8, 2019)

Top 5 Stories from the Week (Feb 4–8, 2019)

This week we talked about Atlanta’s backwards approach to transit; why suburban infrastructure used to be more frugal than it is now; and the surprising financial and social wealth of poor neighborhoods. And the podcasts on the list have something for you whether you’re an entrepreneur, citizen advocate, or hardcore policy wonk.