Kaid Benfield

This Could Be the Key to Making Downtowns Greener

This green wall out of the University of Washington could bring plant life to dense urban areas where green space is hard to come by.

The Case for Listening to NIMBYs

We’ll never make much progress by ignoring them.

Building Cities for the Families of Today

American families look a lot different than they did 50 years ago. Here's how we can build the housing and transportation they need.

A New Policy That Incentivizes Walkable Neighborhoods

Massachusetts pushes diverse, dense zoning.

The Urbanist Case for Keeping D.C.'s Height Restrictions

It’s bad enough that our suburbs look like everywhere, USA. Let’s not let that happen to our central city.

Can a Paint Job Change a Neighborhood's Future?

Philly Painting mobilizes the community to bring a new look to a blighted neighborhood.

How to Balance People and Nature on the Galapagos

There are some significant but realistic planning ideas making the rounds, with acute sensitivity to the islands’ special culture.

Tips for Creating Public Spaces People Actually Want to Use

A city's residents understand how to make exciting streets, squares and parks. Here's how to engage them in the process.

5 Models for Cheaper, Greener Housing for Veterans

A look at some of the country's forward-thinking projects.

Meet the Man Who 'Repairs the Fabric of Communities'

This developer has done more than almost anyone else to promote green affordable housing.

Realistic Community-Based Principles for the Next 4 Years

The Obama administration probably won't tackle major urban policy reform, but they do have an opportunity to set our neighborhoods on a better path.

Will Cities Be Ready for the Next Sandy?

Climate change is here. Here's what cities can do to mitigate some of its worst effects.

Behind the Scenes in Barcelona's Innovative Solar Energy Program

The Catalan city is leading the way.

Isn't Every City Prettier in the Fall?

Photos of beautiful autumnal scenes from around the world.

The Best Cities for Green Commuters

Which areas have the most bikers, the most walkers, and the most public transit riders?

The Vacation Architecture of the Working Class

Meet the bungalows of New York City's Rockaway.

What Are the 7 Keys to a Strong Community?

Parks, community schools, and other essential elements.

This Brownfield Could Become a Model of Urban Development

Sacramento will transform its decrepit lot into a new train and bus station, thousands of new homes, stores, and parks.

This Is What a Neighborhood Revitalization Actually Looks Like

A low-income community in Boston taps homegrown business leaders for a brighter future.