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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...]

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A new right hook for New Urbanism

For nearly a year, The American Conservative, a right-leaning national magazine, has been running well-written, informed, and positive online articles on the New Urbanism. Two of its editors joined a panel discussion at … [Read more...]

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Codes and roads: Why we’re still building sprawl

At CityLab, Alana Samuels posed a great question: Why are developers still building sprawl? Even as surveys show many people they want walkable communities, the builders keep producing car-oriented sprawl, she … [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 Land … [Read more...]