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The Foolproof City

The Foolproof City

The most brilliant innovations in building cities are already embodied in the traditional development pattern, a foolproof approach to creating resilient and productive places that was developed the hard way.

The Power of Information Equity

The Power of Information Equity

Information about our city’s revenue, expenses and liabilities is usually presented in ways that disempower most people from making informed decisions. But what about folks who aren’t a Level 20 Spreadsheet Wizard? How can we use data to better tell the story of where we are now — and empower more people to write the story of their city’s future?

Overpaving Roads and Overeating Ice Cream

Overpaving Roads and Overeating Ice Cream

How much road does your city have—and how much does it actually have the money to maintain? We compare “calories in” to “calories out” before we binge on ice cream; what if we took the same approach to our infrastructure budgets? One city did, and here’s what they found out.

Lessons in Traditional Development from Small Town Tennessee

Lessons in Traditional Development from Small Town Tennessee

Two small Tennessee towns reveal the mighty power of a traditional downtown square—even one that isn’t designed to achieve its full potential. It’s simply the most foolproof and financially productive style of development there is.

Can This Texas Suburb Create a Downtown of Its Own?

Can This Texas Suburb Create a Downtown of Its Own?

Leander, Texas, a suburb of Austin, is a quiet bedroom community that recently found itself with a commuter rail station. Can it afford to waste the opportunity to create the transit-oriented downtown it never had?

Growing Lasting Wealth in Cobb County

Growing Lasting Wealth in Cobb County

Communities like Cobb County must address the problems that have plagued them from the outset by encouraging the style of development that produces true value per acre.