New Urbanism

A Philosopher Embraces New Urbanism—At Home and In the Classroom

Raised in sprawling Orange County, I rediscovered the virtues of traditional neighborhood life in the Midwest.

We Should Not Fear Gentrification In the Rust Belt

Squelching private investment in the urban core will only perpetuate inequality and economic segregation.

Why Some Suburban Malls Survive

They still enable a communal ritual where otherwise isolated people can share common experiences.

The New Urbanist Credo: ‘Make No Big Plans’

In a new book, Strong Towns promotes a fine-grained, bottom-up approach to development

The Best Urban Planning Book Is a Century Old

As today’s urbanists work to recover the art of planning, Raymond Unwin’s era remains uniquely instructive.

City Regulatory Hurdles Favor Big Developers, Not the Little Guy

Small-scale real-estate entrepreneurs face unresponsive bureaucracies and inspectors hungry for violations.

Finding Meaning in Forgotten America

One photographer travels to Trump Country and explores the divisions we don’t always even know are there.

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Why Amazon Won’t Save Your Struggling Town

Economic subsidies generally cost cities more than they are worth.

The Yelp Index of Economic Growth

Can crowdsourcing compete with government data?

What to Do When Suburbia is Your ‘Hometown’

Postwar development patterns have pitted the ideals of permanence and place against each other.

Did the State Destroy the Best Model for Affordable Urban Housing?

Working and middle-class cooperative buildings were an invention of civil society.

Philadelphia’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Benjamin Franklin Parkway was supposed to make Philly more like Paris. But it came of age with the automobile.

The Infinite Suburb Is an Academic Joke

No matter what the techno-narcissists like to say.

How We Subsidize Suburbia

Federal intervention—not the free market—made sprawl the way we live today.

Struggling Cities Don’t Need Creative Class Leadership

Outside talent often focuses on big ideas while neglecting fiscal realities.

Who Are the Most Influential Urbanists?

A new poll lists 100 people—past and present—who have shaped our built environment.

Loyalty to Place Can Renew American Towns

Our hometowns—or the places we make our hometowns—deserve our love.