Kaid Benfield

How We're Failing Our Parks

America has more city parks, but less money to pay for them

A Rapidly Sprawling Community Tries to Save Itself

A county outside of Atlanta develops an ambitious smart growth plan

In Miami, Weed Whacking as Protest Art

Tired of asking the government to tend to sidewalk overgrowth, a group of friends took matters into their own hands

Smart Growth Advocates Shouldn't Ignore Rural Communities

Small towns deserve funding too

The Smart Growth Priority Advocates Are Forgetting

Land conservation should be central to sustainable communities

The Best Smart Growth Projects in America

The EPA's newly released list includes a green learning center and an innovative civic gathering space

The End of Sprawl

Businesses are moving downtown, the suburban office park is basically extinct - is a more urban future inevitable?

Galveston's Post-Hurricane Clean Slate

In the wake of the Hurricane Ike, the city is radically rebuilding its affordable housing to make it greener and more diverse 

Why Preservationists Must Be Picky

If we try to save everything, we risk losing our credibility

For Once, the Federal Government Gets Sustainability Right

A new line of HUD grants will help communities improve their planning, mass transit and walkability

How Hamburg Became Europe's Greenest City

A spate of new development projects will make the city more walkable

America's Best Clean Water Cities

Philadelphia has the nation's best practices according to a new report from the NRDC

A Good Use for all Those Empty Suburban Developments

Farmers are reclaiming unused sprawl to grow crops

How Cincinnati Defeated the Streetcar Haters ... Again

For the second time, voters approved a light rail line downtown

Can Phoenix Be Greened?

The city is ground zero for global warming emissions. But adopting a more sustainable urban planning approach will be very difficult

Atlanta Beltline: the Best Sustainabilty Project in America?

The plan offers an innovative vision for combining parks and transit

In Australia, a National Plan for Urban Planning

In a heady new report, the country outlines its vision for how cities should be

In California, a 'Bus' Without a Bus

One town is experimenting with a fitness program that encourages students to walk to school

Preserving a Canadian Ghost Town

A website chronicles the stories of a deserted town in a 'scrapbook with superpowers'