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"I Wanted to Build a Town, Not a Development"

"I Wanted to Build a Town, Not a Development"

An interview with Steve Nygren, developer of Serenbe, Georgia, about how Serenbe is unlike conventional suburbia, and why Nygren thinks it holds lessons for how all of our communities could achieve a better way of life at a lower cost.

How Something as Small as Street Lights Can Reduce Crime

How Something as Small as Street Lights Can Reduce Crime

A new study provides the first experimental evidence that better street lighting has a cause-and-effect relationship with reduced crime. Lighting is an example of the kind of low-cost, high-returning public investment that’s all around us… but that our cities too often ignore.

Time to Stop Building Disposable Places

Time to Stop Building Disposable Places

More than ever of what we make is produced with little thought to its durability. But what happens when we apply this mindset to the very communities we live in?

The Connectedness of Our Housing Ecosystem

The Connectedness of Our Housing Ecosystem

That high-end apartment building over there has nothing to do with the low-income families who need affordable housing over here, right? In fact, we’re all more connected than we tend to think—and a new study demonstrates this in a surprising way.

Can We Afford a Better Alternative to Suburbia?

Can We Afford a Better Alternative to Suburbia?

Forward-thinking developers are building communities that take into account the hidden long-term costs of suburban development, and offer a more resilient alternative. But what if that alternative results in homes that are too expensive to be within reach of most Americans? And does it have to?

The Folly of Go-Big-or-Go-Home Transit

The Folly of Go-Big-or-Go-Home Transit

Don't be seduced by the "signature project" that takes 20 years to complete, when there's huge basket of small projects you could hit the ground running on. That's a wildly different approach than anything our transit agencies or federal transportation funding mechanisms are set up for. But it's a more promising one.

Is a Top-Down Approach the Best Way to Revitalize Downtown?

Is a Top-Down Approach the Best Way to Revitalize Downtown?

Richmond, Virginia’s proposed Navy Hill redevelopment would reinvent 10 blocks of the city’s core out of whole cloth, aiming for greatness in one fell swoop. The top-down, master-plan approach to city building is seductive. But it is also fragile.

Does Your City Have Shiny New Toy Syndrome?

Does Your City Have Shiny New Toy Syndrome?

The discipline of not acquiring more until we've wrung true value out of what we already possess can make our lives richer and fuller. And this is a lesson we need to apply to our cities as well.

What's With That Empty Lot in the Heart of the City?

What's With That Empty Lot in the Heart of the City?

Even the fastest-growing cities have them: under-utilized lots in the center of town whose owners don’t want to develop, but also don’t want to sell. Often, the property tax code rewards this kind of land speculation.