Kaid Benfield

Why Community-Based Planning Works Better Than Anything Else

A Boston neighborhood comes together to solve severe disinvestment, illegal dumping, and lot vacancies.

A Picture Worth 1,000 Arguments for More Walkable Streets

Some particularly disastrous streets, along with some hope for the future.

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What Communities Should Do To Protect Against Climate Change

Nine low-tech steps we can take to mitigate the effects of global warming.

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What's Missing From Universities' Sustainability Push

Lessons on environmentalism should be worked into course offerings, not just infrastructure.

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The March Madness of Walkability

Which Sweet Sixteen team stadium is in the most walkable neighborhood?

Affordable Housing Veterans Actually Want to Live In

A new, green housing project in Milwaukee offers veterans access to job training, a fitness center, and free high-speed internet.

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How Amazon Got the Urban Campus Right

The company's new Seattle facility is a paragon of walkable, high-density development.

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Why Apple's New Campus Is Bad for Urban America

The company's sprawling, car-dependent new headquarters violates even the most basic tenets of smart growth and walkability.

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Reinventing the Big Box Store

Two designers imagine a vacant Los Angeles store front as a community hub.

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How El Paso Ended Up With America's Best Smart Growth Plan

The city's new plan will improve downtown, increase public transportation options and revitalize older neighborhoods.

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Policy Tools for a More Sustainable Town

How local governments can make sustainable development a reality. 

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Can Urban Highways Be Fixed?

They don't cut down on traffic or make travel faster, and they should be replaced.

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The Future of the Public Housing Project

Mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods can improve quality of life for the urban poor.

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How To Protect America's Countryside from Sprawl

The sustainability community has turned some overdue attention to small towns. But how can we preserve the places in between?

Can Zoning Save a Downtown?

Nashville tries to reboot its neglected areas with a new form-based zoning code.

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How More Expensive Housing Can Actually Cost You Less

An expansive new database could change the way Americans think about where we can afford to live.

In Los Angeles, a Brownfield Gets a Second Life

Thanks to funding from a lawsuit, a lush new park was created in the city's south side.

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The Resurrection of the Corner Store

Can clever zoning bring neighborhood stores back?

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In France, a Model Sustainable Suburb

A livable, walkable suburb offers a lesson in green living.