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One-Day Resolutions for Strong Citizens

One-Day Resolutions for Strong Citizens

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.

The Catch-22 of Retrofitting the Suburbs

The Catch-22 of Retrofitting the Suburbs

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.

The Activation Energy of a Walkable Place

The Activation Energy of a Walkable Place

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?

Learning to Love a Humble Neighborhood

Learning to Love a Humble Neighborhood

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.

The Magic of Tree-Lined Streets

The Magic of Tree-Lined Streets

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.

The Wonderful Walkability of College Campuses

The Wonderful Walkability of College Campuses

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.

How About Schools on Safe Routes?

How About Schools on Safe Routes?

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?

New Neighbor

New Neighbor

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 Better Way

A Better Way

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.

Why Aren't Parks Open at Night?

Why Aren't Parks Open at Night?

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?