Kaid Benfield

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16 Rules for 'Smarter' Smart Growth

It’s time to update the so-called 1990's-era "ten principles" that emphasize compact development, transportation choices, and so on.

Kaid Benfield

How Historic Architecture Can Anchor Economic Development

The case for turning historic districts into thriving, walkable downtowns.

How Sprawl Made This Week's Devastating Midwestern Floods Worse

Spread-out development contributes more rooftops and pavement to the watershed than walkable neighborhoods.

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In Praise of the Stockholm Subway's Breathtaking Art

Think of it as the world's largest public art exhibit.

Payton Chung

The Surprising Places Where Sprawl Is Still the Building Pattern of Choice

It's not the spread-out icons of Phoenix and Las Vegas, but rather pockets of the South Atlantic, Texas and the Pacific Northwest.

Sustainable Raritan River

How to Protect an Urban River From Pollution

A million people live in the Raritan River watershed, so any environmental action requires an impressive level of regional cooperation.

Portlandia

The Tiny House Movement, Taken to Its Logical Extreme

Portlandia sends up our quest for ever-smaller digs.

The Strange Case of Squatters' Sovereignty

A new twist on property rights, in a suburb outside of Washington, D.C.

Victor Dover

An Epic Transit-Oriented Development Fail

Let this be a lesson to all: TOD requires more than transit and development. It needs to be walkable.

Higher Ground

How Boston Fit a Giant New Farm Into the City ... Seamlessly

Higher Ground, the world's second largest rooftop farm, contributes fresh food but doesn't interfere with density and walkability.

Julie Campoli

Not All Density Is Created Equal

For walkable cities, it's more about finding the right kind of density.

Kaid Benfield

Washington, D.C. Unveils an Ambitious New Sustainability Plan

Proposals seek to halve the city's greenhouse gas emissions, boost walkability, and cut the obesity rate.

Courtesy of Peaceful Belly

An Example of Urban Farming Done Right

In Boise, the link between sustainable farming and sustainable communities is clear.

The Tyranny of Homeowners Associations

How these organizations can stifle expression and sustainability.

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10 Ways to Improve High-Density Cities

Ideas for enhancing safety, affordability, and quality of life.

America's Biggest Landlord Would Be Much Greener If It Followed Its Own Rules

The federal government controls an enormous amount of land. Here are some ways for them to use the space responsibility.

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How Pocket Green Space Can Transform a State Capital

A look at Hartford, Connecticut.

The Citadel

America's Most Conservative Green Community

Walkability? Check. Car-free zone? Check. Glenn Beck endorsement? Check.

Trent Bell/Courtesy of NAHB

As Important As It Is, LEED Can Be So Embarrassing

A new certified LEED-platinum building may not be all that green, if you consider its outlandish size and challenging climate setting.