Kaid Benfield

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Why Old Post Offices Still Matter

These iconic buildings are great for a city's character and downtown vitality. But they're quickly disappearing.

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The Decline of the Family-Friendly City

In our rush to promote high-density urbanism, we may have inadvertently created zones that are inhospitable to people with kids.

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5 Principles for Building Greener, Healthier Cities

A solutions-oriented approach.

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Is the 'Traditional Downtown' Dead?

And should we try to resurrect it?

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Why Bus Rapid Transit Is Particularly Good for Developing Countries

In places like Istanbul and Mexico City, BRT is cleaning the air and saving commute time.

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Revitalizing the Suburb Without Giving Up the Car

How do we make over places where driving remains essential?

Chris Kreussling

An Indispensible Guide to 'Greening' Cities

From the people that know best.

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Americans Are Very Confused About What They Want Out of a Community

According to a new survey, they favor walkability, cars, enormous homes, privacy, and a bunch of other things.

Kaid Benfield

The Evolution of Driving in America

How cars slowly took over our lives, and our transportation options.

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What Boston Can Teach Us About Linked City Parks

The city's "emerald necklace" is a 1,100-acre chain of green spaces connecting the Boston Common to five additional parks and an arboretum.

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Saving Neighborhoods From the 'Vacancy Vortex'

In cities like Buffalo, empty homes make neighborhood restoration a serious challenge. But one group has a clever fix.

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A City With No Children

We've made it harder than ever for kids to walk, bike or even play outside and the consequences are dire.

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This Brutalist Apartment Building Encapsulates the Story of Apartheid

Ponte Tower began as a haven for Johannesburg's white elites. but fell into disrepair when they began to flee the city.

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A Brief History of How 'Complete Streets' Became Hip

A peek at the evolution of the movement, courtesy of the founder.

Has Architecture Lost Touch With the People?

Are designers preoccupied with making artistic statements rather than spaces where people would actually want to be?

This Adorable Performance Space Folds Up Like an Origami House

York, Alabama, created a cottage that can quickly expand for outdoor shows and concerts.

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40 Percent of Americans Say Their Neighborhoods Are Unwalkable

A vast majority of people want to walk more, but say there are no nearby services, shops, schools, or jobs to get to.

The Nefarious Ways Sprawl Begets Sprawl

Loudoun County was once one of the most beautiful in Virginia. Now it's just a massively sprawling suburb.

Sprawl Is Still Sprawl, Even If It's 'Green'

The most sustainable development in the wrong location will create more environmental problems than it will solve.