Top 5 Recent Stories (August 19–August 23, 2019)

Top 5 Recent Stories (August 19–August 23, 2019)

There are lessons to be learned everywhere about building places that generate not only wealth but community. This week we shared some of those lessons from across the ocean, but also a couple that you don’t even have to step off your front porch to learn.

What's Wrong With This Picture?

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Commuter rail stations in the San Francisco Bay Area should be some of the most valuable land in the region (and by extension, the world). So why are there so many parking lots and one-story buildings right next to them?

Three Cheers for Lexington's ADU Ordinance

Three Cheers for Lexington's ADU Ordinance

Lexington, Kentucky recently proposed an ordinance that would allow accessory dwelling units. Nolan Gray explains how ADUs are good for renters, good for homeowners, and good for the city — and why Lexington’s ordinance is (almost) perfect.

Refuge and Prospect: The Front Porch

Refuge and Prospect: The Front Porch

The Poet Laureate of Mississippi reflects on her adopted South and on the Southern tradition of front porch-sitting: “No other architectural space is so deliciously not/and: not inside, not outside. Not public, not private. Not house, not garden.”

Celebrating the American Front Porch

Celebrating the American Front Porch

Once ubiquitous, then endangered, the American front porch is making a comeback. From rocking chairs to rock music, a conference near Oxford, Mississippi celebrates the past, present, and future of the surprisingly powerful front porch.

Plan for Spontaneity

Plan for Spontaneity

It’s a paradox, but cities can set the stage for the unscripted. These playful surprises cater both to young and the young-at-heart, and they endear the community to visitors and residents alike.

The Streets of Paris

The Streets of Paris

The United States isn’t France, but there are still plenty of lessons to be learned—and myths to be busted—by looking at the way their streets are designed to build wealth.

Copenhagen: More Than Bike Lanes

Copenhagen: More Than Bike Lanes

Copenhagen’s famous biking culture—over 3 out of every 5 commutes are by bike—is lauded internationally as an achievement for the environment, public health, and—we’d add—fiscal sustainability alike. But they didn’t get there just by building bike lanes.

Broad is the Road that Leads to Destruction

Broad is the Road that Leads to Destruction

We’ve been taught that a growing city inevitably needs wider highways. Even those who oppose specific road projects often accept this premise. But is it actually true?

You Can't Make It Up

You Can't Make It Up

When my school district proposed tearing down buildings for parking, I and others suggested there were more creative and less destructive ways to solve these problems. We were scoffed at, and we lost. Hate to say, “I told you so,” but….