What a difference 15 years makes. In 1998, when I was researching suburban sprawl around Chicago for a book, I lamented the loss of corporate jobs from the city to its far northwestern suburbs in Lake and McHenry Counties. ...continued→
Kaid Benfield, Special Counsel for Urban Solutions, Washington, DC,
Special counsel for urban solutions, NRDC; adjunct professor, George Washington University School of Law; co-founder, LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system; co-founder, Smart Growth America coalition; author of several books on smart growth and sprawl.
Attorney, recovering litigator, cyclist, blogger, dreamer. Watch for Kaid’s forthcoming book, People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think about Greener, Healthier Cities.
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The international transportation policy group EMBARQ has just released a great new short video highlighting the benefits of bus rapid transit systems in Mexico City and Istanbul. The video illustrates some of the findings in the organization’s detailed recent...continued→
Sunset Drive, South Miami before (inset) and after One of the great sustainability challenges of the 21st century is revitalizing poorly planned and outdated suburban neighborhoods and commercial districts, consistent with contemporary goals for enhancing walkability and transit...continued→
A comprehensive new analysis of government data demonstrates that Americans are driving less per person, and taking transit more, both overall and in a strong majority of our large metro areas. Especially because the new report is consistent with...continued→
One of the most encouraging recent trends in municipal government has been the adoption of sustainability as a critical part of the urban agenda. The list of cities claiming to have the highest aspirations for greenness is growing and...continued→
As we enter America’s traditional, annual season of excess, my collaborator Lee Epstein reminds us why overconsumption and waste have consequences. Lee is an attorney and land use planner working for sustainability in the mid-Atlantic region. There’s a place...continued→
The latest national community preference survey, conducted periodically by the National Association of Realtors, was released earlier this month. The results are all over the place. Looking for evidence to support reported trends toward smart growth living in walkable,...continued→
It’s a tragedy of wrong decisions and insecure personality, with a ridiculous result: In Cumberland County, Tennessee, a school district tried to deal with post-school traffic madness by imposing a rule that parents had to line up in their...continued→
(Today’s post is excerpted from my forthcoming book, People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities.) Counter to the enviro stereotype, I like cars and I like driving. Those who know me well know I’m telling the...continued→
I’m fortunate to be participating in this week’s annual meeting of one of my favorite organizations, the American Society of Landscape Architects. Since the conference is being held in Boston, this gives me a great opportunity to highlight ASLA’s...continued→
Nearly every big American city suffers from vacant and abandoned properties. The mass migration of population to the suburbs in the second half of the 20th century was devastating to neighborhoods left behind, resulting in declining central-city populations that...continued→
On the same day last week, I came across two stories that I believe are closely (and unfortunately) related: In the first, a new report details the mental health consequences for children of spending less time playing, particularly on...continued→
The 54-story Ponte Tower, designed in Brutalist architectural style as a standing cylindrical tube with a hollow center, began life in 1975 as luxury apartments for the privileged class of Johannesburg. Whites occupied the outward-facing apartments, their servants relegated...continued→
To say that my friend Barbara McCann is a bicycling enthusiast is to engage in more than a little understatement. She and her husband Bob have bicycled in more countries than most of us will ever visit in any...continued→
I’ve been mulling this one for a few days. I seem to know a lot of people who do a lot of complaining about the architecture profession, particularly its alleged preoccupation with making artistic statements rather than, the...continued→
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