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...]

Three Major Problems with Parking Minimums

Parking minimums are the strange, out-dated, and totally unscientific law that's probably languishing in your city's zoning code. They sound dull (and they are) but they're incredibly important because they have … [Read more...]

Good congestion, bad congestion

congestion table

Our model for traffic congestion is flawed. We need to make the crucial distinction between good and bad congestion and plan our transportation systems accordingly. A few years ago, after taking a blood test, my … [Read more...]

A Free Market for Parking

Free Parking

I had an interesting conversation with someone last week about the free market as it relates to parking requirements. I was advocating for some additional review of applications in instances where, at least in my … [Read more...]

Experience is the new buzzword for walkable town centers

As the retail market becomes less certain, mixed-use developers look to other ways to boost foot traffic and create a destination. Online retail sales are having a mixed impact on urbanism. … [Read more...]

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...]