Kaid Benfield

After Decades of Neglect, Washington Finally Fixes Its Waterfront

A new plan will bring residents to the river's edge for shopping and hanging out

What Smart Growth Advocates Get Wrong About Density

It isn't just about the number of buildings

Walkable by Accident

Sometimes, a car-independent lifestyle can spring up where you least expect it

The Right Fix for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

King's memorial in Washington should reflect the dignity and humility of the man it honors

How an Ink Cartridge Trashed in Seattle Ended Up in Mexico

A group of MIT scientists chronicles the long, sad journey of our waste

How To Make a City Healthy

A group outlines eight key pillars of sustainable communities

What Neighborhoods Need to Succeed at Walkability

According to a new study, the secret is stores that attract outsiders

A Bold Vision for an Urban Forest

A designer in Milan lays out six innovative ideas for a "bio-diverse metropolis"

A Solution for California's Transportation Woes

A report suggests that high-speed rail would make the state healthier, greener and less congested

What Citizens Add to Planning

The people who live in a place often have fresh ideas about how to make it better

Fixing the Rust Belt by Shrinking It

New studies suggest that we can revitalize the Rust Belt by increasing core density

'Pocket Neighborhoods' For Sustainable Suburbs

Architect Ross Chapin designs single-family units that are both energy-efficient and photogenic

The Year in Ideas

A round-up of my most provocative and meaningful 2011 columns

Balancing a City's Past and Future

How can we preserve what makes a place great while allowing it to evolve?

Have Yourself a Merry City Christmas

A collection of holiday photos to remind us why we need our public spaces 

Urbanizing the Suburban Street

A community tries some relatively pain-free fixes to make its streets greener and more walkable

Building a Greener Dorm

New apartments at the College of William & Mary will cut energy consumption by about 75 percent

How Public Transit Celebrates the Holidays

A roundup of the best train lights and subway car decorations

Silicon Valley's Urban Planning Dilemma

An environmental law that sometimes keeps the region from building housing that's close to jobs