New Urbanism

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.

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Frederick, Md. revitalized its 18th century downtown with a flood control project.

An Affordable-Housing Fix

Countering the perception that regular people can’t afford “New Urbanism”

Why I Mourn the Death of the American Mall

These imperfect suburban places provided a place for casual interaction.

How to Stop a Terrorist Who’s Wielding a Car

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Do We Need More Roads and Bridges?

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The Allure of the DC Streetcar

The older technology makes the bus look obsolete.

How Tourism Is Killing Venice

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Will Providence Regret Keeping a Divisive Urban Highway?

Some cities are replacing freeways with boulevards, but Rhode Island is putting commuters first.

When Did We Stop Building Cities For People?

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Why 19th-Century Design Makes People Happy

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