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Andrew Price

Lessons from the Streets of Tokyo

Lessons from the Streets of Tokyo

An urbanist abroad discovers that Tokyo faces many of the same challenges as U.S. cities — off-street parking, pedestrian safety, utilizing space, etc. — but is addressing them in very different ways.

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.

Aiming for Imperfection

Aiming for Imperfection

When we aim for perfection, imperfections will disturb us. But, when we aim for imperfection, other imperfections build character.

The Causes of Traffic and Congestion

The Causes of Traffic and Congestion

Will this new development make traffic worse? The conventional wisdom about the relationship between development and traffic contains a number of important misconceptions.

What Makes A Place Walkable

What Makes A Place Walkable

Walkability is a word urbanists throw around, often with different ideas as to what it really means, or why we care about it. Let’s take a look at how safety, distance, convenience, and comfort affect it.

The Case for Small Commercial Spaces

The Case for Small Commercial Spaces

When large storefronts sit empty for years, holding out for the perfect big tenant, while small businesses can’t find space to rent, we’ve got a serious problem.

We Need Complete Neighborhoods

We Need Complete Neighborhoods

A Complete Neighborhood is one where, outside of commuting to work or spending a night out, you can get everything you need within walking distance.

The Problem with Setbacks

The Problem with Setbacks

Setback requirements waste valuable land and encourage its consolidation into the hands of a few instead of many.