In the new year, why not consider a few activities that you can complete in a single day that will help you see your town differently? Let’s call it the #StrongTownsChallenge. And don’t worry: there’s no ice water involved.
Two large development projects currently working their way through the public engagement and approvals process illustrate why suburban retrofit is a really tough proposition to stake our future on.
Is it magical thinking to expect the transition from car-dependent to walkable places to happen organically? When, and how, do we need a catalyst to jump-start that process?
Perhaps we should spend more time trying to understand and appreciate the humble, marginally better neighborhoods that are already tucked away in our cities. Here’s one such neighborhood in Lexington, Kentucky.
A city is a living organism, and we should tend to it as such. A city dies when it is treated as, and functions, as a machine.
If you want to make your neighborhood a better place, you have to get outside and meet the people around you. Here are 9 ideas to get you started.
What you think you know about public preference (for a certain style of home, neighborhood, etc.) is all wrong.
These 5 steps will help you test the development potential in your town.
if you care about creating financially healthy, walk-friendly places, it's time to take a look at your local subdivision regulations.
Whether you care about the environment, property values, public health, or your city’s bottom line, you can make your town stronger by planting trees.
If you don't get involved in the planning of your city, it will be planned for you. Much of it already has been.
These Rochester neighborhoods offer simple lessons that every town can employ to improve its economic success and wellbeing.
It’s pretty easy to destroy a walkable place. We’ve been doing it for so long.
In college, the action—whether a campus job, the library, the cafeteria or all your best friends—was within a 10 minute walk of your house. There's no reason that experience has to be confined to a four-year period of life, no reason it has to cost tens of thousands of dollars in annual tuition to partake in.
Safe Routes to School is a very popular federal program designed to make is easier for students to walk and bike to school. What if we instead chose to build Schools on Safe Routes?
Hospitals around the country are realizing that it is good policy and good business to take an interest in the welfare of the neighborhoods they are in.
A new community center could've fallen victim to the typical auto-oriented public project pitfalls. Instead, local designers created a walkable, bikeable neighborhood amenity that is spurring fresh development.
I ran the numbers and made a plan for building a traditional urban neighborhood. It turns out there's big profit to be made in this model.
There are a multitude of reasons why someone might want to be in a park after dark, and most of them are completely safe and reasonable. So why are most parks technically "closed" at night?
Austin's Neighborhood Partnering Program gives neighborhoods the tools and financial support they need to implement small-scale improvements in their community.