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What is a livable community, anyway?

A walkable community is the most common term to describe the alternative to drive-only suburbia. Yet walking is so basic to human life that we often take it for granted. Perhaps a more inspiring term is … [Read more...]

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Ten reasons for a new American Dream

A older American Dream, that of town, neighborhood, and city living, was submerged by the suburban American Dream—which controlled the regulations, finance, and investment after World War II. For … [Read more...]

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The story of walking in US cities in one graph

This graph, from the 2016 Bicycling & Walking Benchmarking Report, released two days ago, tells you most of what you need to know about walking in US cities. The best 10 cities identified in this graph, … [Read more...]

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The economic value of a unique place

How many times have you heard someone say, dismissively, "Oh, that's just aesthetics," or, defensively, "It's not just aesthetics" to signal that a "real" issue is involved, usually economics. Hogwash, says Urban … [Read more...]

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The new science of traffic engineering

If transportation officials embrace a new approach backed by science, safe and effective mobility no longer need conflict with the multidimensional role of streets as public spaces and with people’s varied modes … [Read more...]

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The problems of success in the new urban era

Cities face challenges associated with rising values, an influx of more educated residents, and gentrification. Here's what cities can do. In the mid-1990s, downtown Philadelphia had zero outdoor … [Read more...]

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Surgeon General to call for walkable communities

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy will launch a "Call to Action on Promoting Walking and Walkable Communities" September 9 at 10 a.m. Details about how to watch the Webcast will be available on the Surgeon General’s website … [Read more...]

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Progress depends on more ‘infrastructure of community’

Healthy places need two physical characteristics: The architecture of community and the infrastructure of community. Together they comprise the vertical and horizontal parts of cities and towns. Both are critical, but … [Read more...]