Kaid Benfield

How Sports Teams Are Making Cities Greener

Leagues are taking an impressive range of innovative and cost-effective steps toward sustainability.

Concrete Ideas for Promoting Walkability

There's a wealth of resources available to communities looking for a place to start.

The Death - and Life - of Small Downtown America

Malls and highways killed town centers. Can smart design bring them back?

Defining a Great Street

What makes some spaces better than others?

What We Talk About When We Talk About Cities

On cities, sustainable placemaking, and the careful use of words.

Why Dogs Ride the Subway

Moscow's canine commuters have worked out a clever system to use the city's subway for their benefit.

In Philadelphia, a Porch for an Entire City

A block-long plaza replaces an unnecessary parking lane with tables, shade, and perhaps a farmers’ market or beer garden.

High Density Sprawl Is Still Sprawl

Don't be fooled - sprawl is about much more than the number of homes per acre.

Updating the American Dream

An interview with innovative architect Peter Calthorpe.

The Failure of Walmart's Sustainability Measures

The retail giant's push has generated a lot of publicity, but it's not fixing the fundamental problems.

The Case for More Urban Trees

In many areas, trees are under siege. But our cities need them, for all sorts of reasons.

Can We Quantify a Good Walk?

The factors that make some strolls much more appealing than others.

Why Urbanites Make the Best Use of Environmental Resources

The head of the environmental program at Bloomberg Philanthropies makes the case in this compelling video.

How to Protect Lake Tahoe (and Places Like It)

Rules for protecting the resources we love.

This English Town Could Cut Your Carbon Emissions By Half

Smart design will reduce heat energy use, electricity use and water consumption.

14 Keys To Building People Friendly Communities

Ideas about creating sustainable places where people actually want to live.

A New Model for Green Schools

A school in Portland, Oregon, is housed in a super-green building. And that's just the beginning.

How Sprawl Makes Droughts Worse

No, it doesn't cause water shortage. But sprawl can exacerbate some of its impacts, in at least two ways.

The Case for Public Transportation, in Infographic Form

A new chart details what we save when we take the train or bus.