Urban Wonk

Anthony Flint

Lessons From a Reinvented Military Base

The story of how this urban asset was re-purposed holds truths for cities engaged in similar transformations.

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What Really Happens When a City Makes Its Transit System Free?

Turns out there is such a thing as a free ride.

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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.

A-P Hurd

That Parking Spot In Front of Your House Doesn't Belong to You

And honestly, the city could make much better use of the space.

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We Won’t Get More Women on Bikes Until We Have Environments That Cater to Them

Closing the gender gap means getting women not merely around bikes, but on them—with regularity.

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We Won't Get More Women on Bikes Until We Have Stores That Cater to Them

A new crop of women-specific bike shops aim to fix the gender imbalance.

Tips for Selling the 'Urban' Experience to Suburbanites

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

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The Next Big Financial Crisis That Could Cripple Cities

Pension pay-outs are a ticking time bomb.

Could Parking Lot Walkways Point the Way to Walkable Redevelopment?

It’s all about the future street pattern.

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Housing Shortage in Paris? Blame the Foreigners!

At least that's the popular attitude. But the truth is much more complicated.

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Turns Out Where You Live Really Does Shape Who You Are

Those stereotypes you hear about people in Boston and San Francisco – there's actually something to them.

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The Fiscal Conservative's Case Against Sprawl

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

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The Lifecycle of a 'Cool' Neighborhood

How a neighborhood evolves from the next big thing to over the hill.

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In Aiding Struggling Megacities, Can Any Conference Solve These Problems?

Thousands gathered in Venice last week to discuss the future of cities. But urbanization seems almost impossible to coordinate on a global basis.

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How Sports Teams Are Making Cities Greener

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

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The Next Big Question Facing Cities: Will Millennials Stay?

Young Americans have moved to urban areas in record numbers. But the generation that came before them offers few lessons for where they'll want to live in the future.

Kaid Benfield

The Death - and Life - of Small Downtown America

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

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Defining a Great Street

What makes some spaces better than others?

Kaid Benfield

What We Talk About When We Talk About Cities

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