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Jeff Speck’s Step-by-Step Guide to Making Better Urban Places

If you are involved in the world of city and neighborhood design, you probably know (or at least have heard of) the work of urban thinker, writer, lecturer, and city planner Jeff Speck. He has authored or coauthored a … [Read more...]

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The Science Is In: The healthiest neighborhoods are both walkable and green

Most of us, most of the time, don’t make much connection between place – the neighborhoods where we live, work, and play – and our health. Not unless we’re thinking of such obvious local health concerns as an outbreak of … [Read more...]

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Suburban Remix: A New Generation of Walkable Development

In 2001, a new book came out with my name (and those of two colleagues) on the cover. It was a book of case studies of smart-growth alternatives to suburban sprawl, divided into three categories: urban development, … [Read more...]

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Ten key ingredients of a green and healthy community

If someone asks what a green community, or a healthy one, means to you, what comes to mind? I’m willing to bet that for most people it is the visible and tangible aspects: a lovely city park, perhaps, or mature street … [Read more...]

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Is placemaking a ‘new environmentalism?’

If our approach to environmentalism should be "new," so too should our approach to urbanism. Can placemaking – in short, the building or strengthening of physical community fabric to create great … [Read more...]

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Meticulous new analysis confirms that close-in land development reduces driving

A large body of city planning research published over the last two or so decades has demonstrated consistently that close-in real estate development produces less driving than does outlying development far from city and … [Read more...]

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Want to Improve Your City? Start Taking Pictures!

In Chuck Wolfe’s absorbing new book, Seeing the Better City, he encourages readers to think with our eyes and communicate with visual imagery in order to improve our cities. With the proliferation of smartphone cameras … [Read more...]

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Meet the New Green Face of Affordable Housing

When you think of “affordable housing,” what’s the image that comes to mind? For lots of people, including many of those most in need of it, the picture is not a pretty one: it’s a scene of dreary, deteriorating … [Read more...]