Home Builders report shows housing is changing

The American housing industry is changing course—and this will transform neighborhoods and communities over time by providing more and different choices in housing. A new report from the National … [Read more...]

Making normal neighborhoods legal again

I've spent over two-thirds of my life so far living in anarchic environments where the rule of law did not prevail. It's a wonder I survived at all. You see, when I was born, my parents lived in a duplex, in a … [Read more...]

A Duplex, a Triplex and a Fourplex can cut a block’s carbon impact 29%

The carbon savings from 'middle housing' are voluntary, self-financing and immense. So why are they illegal? To understand why housing policy is climate policy, consider two city blocks with 18 … [Read more...]

We Used to Do This Everywhere

I just got back from a few days in New Orleans, where I stayed—as most tourists to that city do—in the French Quarter. The name is actually a misnomer from the particular perspective of an urban planner: most of the … [Read more...]

Why cities are the world’s best hope for climate action

Cities offer breakthrough potential for immediate and effective action on the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions and a hotter world, according to a new book, The Urban Fix. The Urban Fix is the … [Read more...]

Climate Change and Monarch Butterflies

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The headline in the April 12, Washington Post article on weather rang out: “Giant storm in Central U.S. has unleashed all sorts of extreme weather, and it’s still dumping snow.” It continued: “A wild spring storm is … [Read more...]

Pop Shop Becomes First Restaurant in Downtown Frederick to Partner With Key City Compost

To express their long-lasting commitment to making Downtown Frederick an even better place, The North Market Pop Shop has partnered with Key City Compost, a commercial composting and food waste collection service. All of … [Read more...]

Oxon Cove Land Swap Discussions Continue

While talks with Washington’s NFL team about building its next stadium at Oxon Cove National Park have ceased, the Hogan administration is continuing to pursue the land swap without any meaningful … [Read more...]