New Urbanism

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?

Words on the Street highlights the best writing on cities we’ve encountered this week.

Why 19th-Century Design Makes People Happy

Words on the Street highlights the best writing on urbanism we’ve encountered this week.

How Cellular Dead Zones Hurt Rural Towns

Small businesses outside of coverage areas suffer from a lack of communications infrastructure.

The Politics of Infrastructure

The key to success lies in walkable urban spaces.

Will Eisenhower Ever Have a Fitting Memorial?

The project’s leaders seemed resigned to mediocrity. Critics want a full reboot.

From Chapels to Condos

Is there still room for the sacred in the city?

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Why Cities Are Demolishing Freeways

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

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.

Localism Means Security

Resilient communities are the answer to globalism’s weakness.

Urban Investment Beyond Vanity Projects

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Where the Middle Class Is No Longer a Majority

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How to Brew a Midwest Downtown Renaissance

Start with small Main Street projects that restore walkability.