New Urbanism

The Problem With ‘Smart Cities’

Silicon Valley’s platforms send wealth away from communities. Is there a local alternative?

‘Hello, Lollipop Dude’

At the New Year, a school crossing guard reflects on lessons learned.

Localism Means Security

Resilient communities are the answer to globalism’s weakness.

Urban Investment Beyond Vanity Projects

“Words on the Street” highlights the best writing on urbanism we’ve encountered this week.

Where the Middle Class Is No Longer a Majority

Words on the Street highlights the best writing on cities.

How to Brew a Midwest Downtown Renaissance

Start with small Main Street projects that restore walkability.

Are the Lights Back On in Gary?

How the former Indiana steel capital is being revived.

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Google Maps and What Makes a Neighborhood Interesting

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Out of Portland’s Shadow

Once easily overlooked, Vancouver, Wash. is becoming a real city.