Kaid Benfield

How LEED-ND Can Improve Older Neighborhoods

An inner-city neighborhood in Boston is providing a strong example of how the rating system can guide improvements.

Can an Artist's Song Change the Face of a Community?

The Saw Doctors, an Irish rock band, is leading a campaign to restore a small part of Tuam.

The Christian Case for Cities

In The Space Between, pastor Eric Jacobsen makes a compelling case that the faithful have a special calling to care for our urban spaces.

Experience Winnipeg on This Virtual Bike Tour

A very life-like view of the city, courtesy of a rider who knows it well.

An Urban Farm Puts New Orleans Teens to Work

Grow Dat offers kids a chance to learn about urban farming and hunger.

Tips for Selling the 'Urban' Experience to Suburbanites

Often, bringing sustainable development to the suburbs is all about helping communities get over their fear.

One Incredibly Easy Way to Let People Know Your Neighborhood Is Getting Better

Simple as they seem, colorful signs suggest residents of this Boston neighborhood imagine a hopeful future.

Paying People To Plant Trees

A Chicago group is fighting storm water pollution and heat islands by offering rebates to people who buy trees or rain barrels.

Low-Income Housing Can Be Energy Efficient Too

A Boston non-profit is retrofitting the city's affordable housing stock and cutting energy costs by about 20 percent. 

Could Parking Lot Walkways Point the Way to Walkable Redevelopment?

It’s all about the future street pattern.

Should We Crowdsource Walkability Rankings?

Walk Score will now let users "review" a neighborhood's walkability.

How California Legislated Its Way to Smarter Growth

A landmark 2008 land use law has led to more sustainable communities.

This Is What a City Guide Should Look Like

A new website offers tours and information on Washington's urbanism.

The Right Way to Turn Art Into Economic Development

Project Row Houses transforms Depression-era homes into a community art museum and affordable housing.

Would You Ride This Cardboard Bike?

An Israeli designer invents a paper bike that could sell for $60 a pop.

The Fiscal Conservative's Case Against Sprawl

In his new book, Chuck Marohn explains how sprawl is like a Ponzi scheme.

A Housing Project Upgrade Done Right

Outside Cincinnati, a deteriorated housing project is given a facelift without displacing residents.

The Death and Life of Little Havana

While its historic character and culture has been strong for the last 50 years, the neighborhood's re-emergence is complicated by uncertainties.

Time Travel Back to Los Angeles, Circa 1969

A haunting and poetic portrayal of what was then seen as the city of the future.