New Urbanism

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.

The Long and Shocking History of Urban Segregation

Progressive-era housing policies didn’t help African Americans—and continue to limit community integration.

What Cities Can Learn From the Victorian Era

A lack of regulation led to public-health concerns, but also produced great neighborhoods and innovations.

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.

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Why I Mourn the Death of the American Mall

These imperfect suburban places provided a place for casual interaction.

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Do We Need More Roads and Bridges?

Words on the Street highlights the best writing on cities from around the web.

The Allure of the DC Streetcar

The older technology makes the bus look obsolete.