New Urbanism

Homeownership Does Not Guarantee Middle-Class Prosperity

Real estate speculation doesn’t create wealth, it sets up a game of musical chairs–and we now know what happens when the music stops.

What Makes a Great Street?

A classic work reminds us that placemaking is more art than science.

How a Denver Coffee Shop Exploded the Gentrification Debate

A poorly worded sign “embarrassing in its condescension” elicits fierce backlash from locals leery of their neighborhood’s upscale transformation.

Rust Belt Cities Need Investment, Not Gentrification Worries

In Akron, we desperately need any kind of investment in urban housing.

Why St Louis Built a Streetcar To Nowhere

Using transit to do economic development is very expensive.

Self-Driving Cars and the Hostile Takeover of Our Streets

An Uber self-driving car has killed a pedestrian. But the questions go beyond the safety of the new technology.

Why No Nobel Prize For Architecture?

The big awards divide the profession into modernists and traditionalists.

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Charting History–With a Little Voyeurism–in Google Maps

Find out when a strip mall was built—or spy on a romantic dinner.

Today’s Skyscrapers Assault the Skyline and the Street

Many new towers do not respect their neighbors or the human scale of city life.

Drivers Declare War on Walkers

For Pedestrians, Life is Nasty, Brutish—and Too Often Short

A Recipe For Transforming a Midwestern Neighborhood

It must begin at the grassroots, steering away from the outsider “fix it” mentality.

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.