Most of the land in our cities sits vacant for large parts of the day. Is this the best use of our resources?
A small change to zoning codes could help overcome some of the forces stifling growth in American cities and avoid displacement of long-term residents at the same time.
Land use planning should be a means to an end — not an end in itself.
By making it more expensive to build market-rate housing, inclusionary zoning has the potential to actually reduce access to housing.
These 5 steps will help you test the development potential in your town.
In the face of new growth, one city makes a simple change that unlocks huge potential.
if you care about creating financially healthy, walk-friendly places, it's time to take a look at your local subdivision regulations.
Here are 10 tips that will equip you to turn the high-potential neighborhoods in your town into walkable, economically successful places.
If we took the entire Strong Towns Strength Test and boiled it down to one indicator, it would be parking minimums. If you can't figure out how to get rid of them, your town isn't strong.
It is very seductive to look at Houston's flooding as a simple engineering and planning problem.
For extreme events, we can't measure risk, but we can measure fragility. Cities that want to protect themselves from extreme events need to become less fragile. They need to adopt a Strong Towns approach.
Chuck Marohn and urban affairs journalist Scott Beyer discuss their overlapping and diverging viewpoints on government regulations, zoning and housing affordability issues.
These 5 harmful myths about Houston's land use planning need to be put to rest.
A hierarchical zoning model would allow greater development flexibility and remove needless rules from our zoning codes. Here's how to do it.
To build strong towns, we need to adopt the ways of the ecologist, which involve far more observation and far less intervention than our current approaches to urban development.
Grassy lawns exist to prove you’re not a peasant. It’s time to let that status symbol die.
No amount of cultured stone or decorative landscaping is going to make this proposed gas station a valuable or contributing part of our walkable, mixed-use neighborhood.
The real impetus for the invention of zoning regulations was a desire to protect and enshrine the single-family home as the most virtuous and sacrosanct urban form.
If you don't get involved in the planning of your city, it will be planned for you. Much of it already has been.
From the towering Xerox Square, to the grand Civic Center, to the glistening Riverside Convention Center, virtually every corner of downtown Rochester has been “revitalized”, so why does it still feel so dead?