New Urbanism

Why a Solar Eclipse Has the Heartland Rethinking Alcohol Laws

Two small towns will greet thousands of new tourists—and provide easier access to liquor.

How Employers Impose Their Own Growth Boundaries

The ‘Favored Quarters’ of Southern California have shifted over the years, but remain central to the region’s development.

Why Cities Are Demolishing Freeways

A new vision of the future puts people—not cars—first.

The Politics of Infrastructure

The key to success lies in walkable urban spaces.

The Urban Home as Fortress

Privacy fences make neighborhoods boring and subject to blight.

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.

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When revitalized downtowns become dominated by chain stores, independent businesses struggle to compete.

Bring Back Penn Station

Let New York’s rail hub be a temple—not a rats’ nest of tunnels.