Author Archives: John Sanphillippo

Orange County Gets Density—and Subpar Urbanism

New developments in old suburbia resemble an odd platypus hybrid.

City Regulatory Hurdles Favor Big Developers, Not the Little Guy

Small-scale real-estate entrepreneurs face unresponsive bureaucracies and inspectors hungry for violations.

How to Start a Retail Business Without a Main Street

Mobile, in-home businesses are the latest adaptations in a post-sprawl reality.

Detroit’s Doughnut of Despair?

A tour of neighborhoods outside downtown reveals pockets of viable urbanism.

Strong Towns Draw Strong Citizens

A new generation of invested neighbors are being drawn from the suburbs to affordable urbanized areas.

Kentucky’s Conservative Urbanism

The ordinary folks of Bellevue, Ky. inherited a downtown every bit Brooklyn’s equal.