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By Gaelle Gourmelon / On March 2nd, 2016

The world’s expanding cities are in a delicate balancing act. If they do not embrace strategic, high-density development, urban areas will increasingly encroach on surrounding farmland and natural spaces.

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By Karen Firehock / On November 8th, 2015

Over the past 75 years, American engineers have become very adept at managing water – collecting it, holding it and moving it away as fast as possible. Yet there is a better way to manage our water that costs far less.Rather than trying to push  away...

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By Lucy Moore / On November 3rd, 2015

Whew!    I just read the article on the controversy over proposed bike...

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By Robert I. McDonald / On October 27th, 2015

Zoning is often viewed as a friend of conservation. But could some zoning actually be detrimental to conservation goals?

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By Jason Leppig / On October 26th, 2015

Is the grand public-space experiment in New York City's Times Square at risk? Perhaps, according to this recent piece on...

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By Richard Willson / On October 20th, 2015

Parking expert Richard Willson reflects on the recent news story of a D.C....

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By Matt Solomon / On October 18th, 2015

It’s hard to get a feel for San Francisco in only three days. Like most big cities, there’s more to it than what you see on postcards and TV shows. Yes, the Golden Gate Bridge is beautiful (as is the Bay Bridge), and Lombard Street is charming and quirky...

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By Katharine Sucher / On October 11th, 2015

In 2006, six months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, I toured the city’s decaying wreckage with a delegation of national environmental leaders.

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By Laurel Blatchford / On October 4th, 2015

When Superstorm Sandy ravaged New York in 2012, thousands of low-income apartment-dwellers found themselves in high-rise hell.

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By Richard Willson / On September 28th, 2015

Since the beginning of time, parkers have argued that they should park free. Yet the economic justifications for pricing are well documented - pricing leads to more efficient parking use and a multimodal transportation system. Many arguments against...

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