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Urbanism for Introverts: Why Cities Need Quiet Spaces

Why cities need quiet spaces.

We've Entered the Age of the 'Anti-Mall'

Even the suburbs have figured out that walkable retail, not enclosed big box stores surrounded by parking lots, is the way to go.

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We Need to Rethink Our Definition of a 'Sustainable City'

The smart growth agenda fails to account for lessons learned about green infrastructure, moderate density, and gentrification.

The Secret to D.C.'s Stunning Population Growth? Old People

Lessons on preserving the urban core from the nation's capital.

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Practical Lessons for Turning Around a Neighborhood in Decline

New Haven's once sketchy Chatham Square is now safe, with annual festivals that draw visitors from around the city.

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How Sprawl Makes Fighting Childhood Obesity So Much Harder

Walking to school shouldn't be a big deal. But it's become one because of short-sighted planning and dangerous, difficult roads.

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Even Teenagers Don't Want to Go to Malls Anymore

Big box stores are in desperate need of reinvention. But a handful of communities might have figured out the fix.

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A Tour de France for Australia's Bike Commuters

Adelaide's Tour de Work has gotten at least 1,633 people to cycle to the office.

Kaid Benfield

Streets Can Be Public Spaces Too

A street shouldn't just be about transportation, but also about civic definition and social and commercial interaction.

Kaid Benfield

The Important Difference Between a Public Space and a 'Common'

On building places that give a community its identity, and knit us together.

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Homes Near Public Transit Are Less Likely to Go Into Default

Also, living near a freeway or suffering through long commutes ups your risk of foreclosure.

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How Green Building Standards Can Actually Change People's Behavior

New research suggests LEED-ND projects can dramatically cut down on driving rates.

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Gentrification of the Strip Mall

These declining suburban outposts are hotbeds for immigrant entrepreneurs. How should we protect those businesses as strip malls evolve?

A New Court Ruling Could Have Big Implications in the Fight Against Sprawl

A judge rules that Wisconsin can't enlarge a major freeway without studying the project's impact on sprawl and public transit users.

Kaid Benfield

A Second Life for Some of Baltimore's Vacant Properties

The city has about 16,000 empty buildings, and it's developed a unique program to rehab a small number of them.

A Mesmerizing Timelapse Shows Just How Essential Public Transit Is to Zurich

Trains, trams, streetcars and the people who ride them play a starring role in this kinetic 3-minute film.

Kaid Benfield

The Kind of Genius It Takes to Create Unique, Memorable Spaces

The fight against places that lack character and distinctiveness.

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Silicon Valley's Downtown Dilemma

Can the city densify and improve connectivity without losing its character and funky mix of ethnic eateries and small businesses?

This Is What a 'Complete Streets' Campaign Should Look Like

In Miami Beach, grassroots activists have put together a powerful campaign for roads that suit bikers and walkers, along with cars.