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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.

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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.”

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The Shipping Container City Boom

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

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In Renton, a Model for Green Revitalization

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

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The Impending Obesity Epidemic

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

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Why There's No War Between Drivers and Cyclists in the Netherlands

Dutch people aren't born knowing the rules of the road. They're taught from an early age.

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Regional Planning Done Right

How two communities came together to design more sustainable neighborhoods.

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The Limits of Metropolitan Planning Organizations

They often lack the authority they need to get things done.

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What Cities Can Learn From Toronto's Green Roof Policy

Already, 1.2 million square feet of green space have been added to the city.

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The Invention of Jaywalking

The forgotten history of how the auto industry won the right of way for cars.

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How Building Beautiful Spaces Can Foster Environmentalism

A focus on placemaking can drive the green movement.

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Is Bad Urban Design Making Us Lonely?

Social interaction can be encouraged by our built environment. But it isn't always.

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Is SoCal America's Next Environmental Success Story?

The region has a bad smart growth record. But a new sustainable communities strategy just might change all that.

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Why Young Americans Are Driving So Much Less Than Their Parents

Millennials are increasingly uninterested in the burden of car ownership.

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The Hottest Trends in Urban Housing

Small is in, buying is (maybe) out, and smart growth is here to stay.

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The Midwest's Big Economic Miscalculation

The rebirth of traditional industries isn't necessarily a good thing.

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What Communities Should Do To Protect Against Climate Change

Nine low-tech steps we can take to mitigate the effects of global warming.

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What's Missing From Universities' Sustainability Push

Lessons on environmentalism should be worked into course offerings, not just infrastructure.

Affordable Housing Veterans Actually Want to Live In

A new, green housing project in Milwaukee offers veterans access to job training, a fitness center, and free high-speed internet.