New Urbanism

Struggling Cities Don’t Need Creative Class Leadership

Outside talent often focuses on big ideas while neglecting fiscal realities.

Who Are the Most Influential Urbanists?

A new poll lists 100 people—past and present—who have shaped our built environment.

Loyalty to Place Can Renew American Towns

Our hometowns—or the places we make our hometowns—deserve our love.

How to Start a Retail Business Without a Main Street

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

The Real Buffalo Rises

How one American city lost, and then reclaimed its destiny.

The Making of Horizonal America

Words on the Street highlights the best writing on the built environment.

The Perfect Apartment Building Is Hiding in Plain Sight

A century ago, unencumbered by zoning, developers built humane urban residences for the middle class.

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Don’t Blame Lack of Zoning Laws for Houston Floods

Too much asphalt—in roads and parking lots—is responsible for more devastation.

The Long and Shocking History of Urban Segregation

Progressive-era housing policies didn’t help African Americans—and continue to limit community integration.

What Cities Can Learn From the Victorian Era

A lack of regulation led to public-health concerns, but also produced great neighborhoods and innovations.

The Surprisingly Walkable Jersey Shore

Many old beach towns realize the highest ideals of urbanism.

How Chicago Made the ‘Great West’

The city’s history shows that the urban-rural divide is a dangerous fiction.

How Federal Policy Holds Back Sustainable Economic Growth

Overly restrictive patent law and housing regulation reward existing monopolies.

The Redemption of Richard Florida

From creative class to working class.

When Historic Preservation Depends on Gentrification

To survive, smaller cities need economic and cultural capital.

Golden Age of Classicism

Notre Dame’s architecture school is rebuilding the traditional city.

Killing the City Won’t Save the Small Town

Rural communities need the regional dynamism that metropolitan areas provide.