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Is American Sprawl Already Bankrupt?

On tour, the 'Strong Towns approach' weathers some criticism and provokes plenty of thought.
Addison Del Mastro November 22, 2019

A Stronger America Needs ‘Strong Towns’ First

Something is deeply amiss in the American experiment. The solution starts at home.
Michael Hendrix September 27, 2019

Tracing Chris Arnade’s Steps in America’s Inner Ring Suburbs

The photojournalist’s new book recommends getting out of comfort zones, which is just what we did.
Addison Del Mastro September 18, 2019

The Heartland’s Doughnuts of Despair

The inner suburbs of cities like Cleveland are dying as regional and state governments look the other way.
Daniel McGraw June 5, 2019

Urban Growth and the Fallacy of Control

To make our own neighborhoods better, forget grand plans—and improve them incrementally.
Daniel Herriges March 15, 2019

Suburban Archaeology and America’s Architectural Commons

Tacky or not, America's commercial strips and "placeless places" have developed their own historic, layered aesthetic.
Addison Del Mastro March 8, 2019

A NYC Tenement Legacy Persists, Despite Gentrification

Photographer Jacob Riis charted the perils of industrial urbanism, still seen in this corner of the Lower East Side.
Theo Mackey Pollack November 9, 2018

The Methodist Paradise on the Jersey Shore

This preserved village is an expression of incremental urbanism built exclusively for human interaction and divine inspiration.
John Sanphillippo October 19, 2018

Why Can’t I Afford to Live Here?

Zoning, financing, creative construction---cities and states need to help regular people live where they work.
Sara Hines October 12, 2018

The Threat of ‘Genius’ to Truly Successful Architecture

Buildings that stand out when they should fit in are showpieces for their creators but can be offensive to the rest of us.
Roger Scruton September 7, 2018