Smart Growth

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The Geography of the Anti-Agenda 21 Movement

A look at the legislation that's undermining sustainable planning across the U.S.

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America's Most Sprawling Cities Are Also the Most Republican

Meanwhile, Blue America is centered in denser, more compact metros and cities.

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A Ranking of the Most Sprawling U.S. Metro Areas, and Why You Should Care

Sprawl correlates with higher rates of obesity, traffic fatalities, ozone pollution, and lack of social capital.

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A Very Brief History of Why Americans Hate Their Commutes

From horse-drawn carriages to the resurgence of downtowns.

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Urbanist Buzzwords to Rethink in 2014

Yes, including the word "urbanism."

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Americans Are Very Confused About What They Want Out of a Community

According to a new survey, they favor walkability, cars, enormous homes, privacy, and a bunch of other things.

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We Need to Rethink Our Definition of a 'Sustainable City'

The smart growth agenda fails to account for lessons learned about green infrastructure, moderate density, and gentrification.

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Homes Near Public Transit Are Less Likely to Go Into Default

Also, living near a freeway or suffering through long commutes ups your risk of foreclosure.

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Why We Shouldn't Rely on Smart Growth Incentives to Fix Sprawl

When it comes to development, local desires often render state smart growth incentives insufficient.

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16 Rules for 'Smarter' Smart Growth

It’s time to update the so-called 1990's-era "ten principles" that emphasize compact development, transportation choices, and so on.

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Why Obama's New Pick for the EPA Will Be Good for Cities

Gina McCarthy has a strong record on regulating pollutants. But she also gets smart growth.

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America Is a Walking Disaster

In much of the country, walking – that most basic and human method of movement, and the one most important to our health – is all but impossible.

What Our Urban Planning Vocabulary Says About Our Cities

A look at how the words we use have evolved.

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The 5 Most Important Sustainability Stories of 2013

A new rise of suburban sprawl, getting serious about climate change and more.

Denver's Innovative Strategy to Give Public Housing Residents What They Want

The Housing Authority is using a cultural audit to redevelop the city's outdated South Lincoln Homes, not far from downtown.

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The Case for Listening to NIMBYs

We’ll never make much progress by ignoring them.

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A New Policy That Incentivizes Walkable Neighborhoods

Massachusetts pushes diverse, dense zoning.

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The Congressional Races Urbanists Should Be Watching

And some other House races to keep your eye on.

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How California Legislated Its Way to Smarter Growth

A landmark 2008 land use law has led to more sustainable communities.