Smart Growth

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2 Different Ways to Cut Driving by 1/5

Researchers find a short-term approach and a long-term approach.

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Why Has Scandinavia's Biggest Development Project Abandoned its Master Plan?

The signature piece of Copenhagen's enormous Ørestad experiment, by Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind, is no more.

Updating the American Dream

An interview with innovative architect Peter Calthorpe.

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Why Urbanites Make the Best Use of Environmental Resources

The head of the environmental program at Bloomberg Philanthropies makes the case in this compelling video.

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An Intriguing But Flawed Attack on Smart Growth

A new study claims to "contradict" the premise that density discourages driving — but does it?

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How to Protect Lake Tahoe (and Places Like It)

Rules for protecting the resources we love.

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Could Density Actually Reduce Traffic?

Yes, according to one new study.

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Why Smart Growth Can't Be the Only Answer

Smart growth policies are important, but they're not enough.

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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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How To Talk About Cities Without Ticking Off Folks Who Don't Live There

Because “smart growth” can sound like code for “the rest of you are dumb.”

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How El Paso Ended Up With America's Best Smart Growth Plan

The city's new plan will improve downtown, increase public transportation options and revitalize older neighborhoods.

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How To Protect America's Countryside from Sprawl

The sustainability community has turned some overdue attention to small towns. But how can we preserve the places in between?

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Why In-Town Big Box Stores Might Not Be As Awful As You Think

There's evidence the presence of a big box store in the city center helps reduce the amount most people drive.

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Can Ontario Really Deliver North America's Best Smart Growth Plan?

Places to Grow is certainly ambitious. Here's a look at the successes and challenges a couple years in.

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The Most and Least Affordable Housing in America

A new report blames land use restrictions for driving up prices, but there's much more to it than that

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The Year in Ideas

A round-up of my most provocative and meaningful 2011 columns

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Maryland's Governor Explains his War on Sprawl

On the eve of releasing a new smart growth plan, Gov. Martin O'Malley discusses density, smart growth, and a city-centric future