Kaid Benfield

The Right Way to Engage Residents in a Neighborhood Redesign

In Denver, a new model of how to revitalize older, distressed public housing sites in an ambitious yet sensitive way.

A Case Study in a Senior-Friendly City

How Arlington, Virginia, helps serve older residents.

The Evolution of the Bike Lane

Bike infrastructure is changing, raising new questions about the best design.

Why a Good Bar Is Essential to Sustainable Communities

A "third space" that encourages socialization, its easy access reduces emissions as well as drunk driving.

Washington's Growing Pains

D.C. is booming, but families, minorities and the poor may be left out.

What Memorial Day Looks Like

Scenes from around America.

A Day in the Life of Venice

A cool shift-tilt video captures the city's dynamism.

Fighting Climate Change With a 300-Mile Bike Ride

200 riders peddled from New York to Washington on the annual Climate Ride.

What a Walkable City Should Look Like

A two-block virtual walk highlights Copenhagen's exceptional urban atmosphere.

The Right Way to Zone for Transit-Oriented Development

We need a legal framework that creates many different types and scales of building around public transportation.

Housing Recovery Tied to Walkability, But It May Depend On Where You Are

A new analysis finds that the weakest segment of the market is in outer and smaller suburbs.

Better Technology for Planners Also Means More Citizen Participation

Bringing the public into public policy decision-making is no longer a matter of “one-and-done.”

Just How Bad Is Noise Pollution for Our Health?

At best, noise is distracting. But the distraction can have significant consequences.

In D.C., Baseball-Oriented Development Seems, at Last, to Be Working

How Nationals Park, to the surprise of its neighbors, is leading to a better community.

The Shipping Container City Boom

More and more, shipping containers are being used to create big, inter-connected work spaces and homes.

In Renton, a Model for Green Revitalization

An exemplary development with first-class green infrastructure and mixed-income housing.

The Impending Obesity Epidemic

42 percent of Americans could be obese by 2030 - why aren't we doing more to fight this?

Do Cities Really Makes Us Happier?

We need places that foster positive human interaction, but they don't have to be urban.

Ideas for Optimizing Denver's Transit System

A new report uses reams of data to design a better transportation system.