Urban Wonk

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.

Batman and Gotham: A Deeply Dysfunctional Love Story

Why the Dark Knight's relationship to his city is unlike that of any other superhero.

Why We Should Stop Talking About 'Bus Stigma'

Obsessing over trying to serve different economic classes on mass transit misses the point.

What Should Become of Route 66?

The old highway could be cleaned up to promote economic vitality in rural communities.

The Shopping Mall Turns 60 (and Prepares to Retire)

The inventor of the suburban indoor mall came to rue his creations. But now they are dying off anyway.

When the Bad Guys Ride Bikes

A spate of injuries and deaths have forced cities to reassess how pedestrians and cyclists interact.

North Carolina Pretends Current Sea Level Rise Isn't Happening

The state legislature will not let officials use current estimates in their decision-making.

Cities That Wouldn't Exist Without Air Conditioning

The invention of the air conditioner is still shaping the future growth of global metros.

The Secret Conservative War on Zoning

The controversial American Legislative Exchange Council appears to be behind a new effort to unravel local zoning and regulatory authority across the country.

Building a Better Bus Stop

In Paris, a glimpse at what could be.

The Birth of Zoning Codes, a History

Or, how Americans learned to legislate our NIMBY impulses.

Do Americans Really Want More Planning?

An APA poll says yes. But what do those numbers really mean?

Could Density Actually Reduce Traffic?

Yes, according to one new study.

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.

Washington's Growing Pains

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

Why We Pay More for Walkable Neighborhoods

New data points to the economic power of walkable neighborhoods – and the high cost of living in them.

What Really Matters for Increasing Transit Ridership

Broward County, Florida, has one of the top transit systems for a metro of its size thanks to a multi-destination approach.

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.