New Urbanism

Time for a Left-Right Consensus on Zoning Reform

Together we can correct restrictions that drive up prices and squeeze potential residents out of our cities.

The False Mirage of Eco-Cities

Resilient cities must be real places, not techno-utopian experiments.

Stuck in America’s Struggling Small Towns

When it comes to being poor, geography is destiny. But do we just leave blighted communities to die?

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Gets Some Things Right

There’s lots to like, and it could have been much worse.

Orange County Gets Density—and Subpar Urbanism

New developments in old suburbia resemble an odd platypus hybrid.

Are These Four Walls Causing You Pleasure—or Pain?

Neuroscience is illuminating old truths about our buildings and ourselves.

Driving and Thinking on a Classic New Jersey Highway Strip

I was surprised to find not much has changed in our living patterns over the last 50 years.

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Slow the Cars

Streets emphasize wealth creation. Roads are about movement. Combining the two functions is folly.

A Philosopher Embraces New Urbanism—At Home and In the Classroom

Raised in sprawling Orange County, I rediscovered the virtues of traditional neighborhood life in the Midwest.

We Should Not Fear Gentrification In the Rust Belt

Squelching private investment in the urban core will only perpetuate inequality and economic segregation.

Why Some Suburban Malls Survive

They still enable a communal ritual where otherwise isolated people can share common experiences.

The New Urbanist Credo: ‘Make No Big Plans’

In a new book, Strong Towns promotes a fine-grained, bottom-up approach to development

The Best Urban Planning Book Is a Century Old

As today’s urbanists work to recover the art of planning, Raymond Unwin’s era remains uniquely instructive.

City Regulatory Hurdles Favor Big Developers, Not the Little Guy

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

Finding Meaning in Forgotten America

One photographer travels to Trump Country and explores the divisions we don’t always even know are there.

Why Amazon Won’t Save Your Struggling Town

Economic subsidies generally cost cities more than they are worth.

The Yelp Index of Economic Growth

Can crowdsourcing compete with government data?