New Urbanism

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?

What to Do When Suburbia is Your ‘Hometown’

Postwar development patterns have pitted the ideals of permanence and place against each other.

Did the State Destroy the Best Model for Affordable Urban Housing?

Working and middle-class cooperative buildings were an invention of civil society.

Philadelphia’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Benjamin Franklin Parkway was supposed to make Philly more like Paris. But it came of age with the automobile.

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The Infinite Suburb Is an Academic Joke

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How We Subsidize Suburbia

Federal intervention—not the free market—made sprawl the way we live today.

Struggling Cities Don’t Need Creative Class Leadership

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

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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.

Don’t Blame Lack of Zoning Laws for Houston Floods

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