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By Barbara McCann / On October 28th, 2013

The stories of success keep rolling in. Portland Maine turned summer maintenance projects into Complete Streets improvement opportunities. Detroit’s Woodward Avenue will be redesigned as a major transit corridor, while Lansing has received the state’s...


By Jason Leppig / On October 11th, 2013

This week, join New York City's Chief Urban Designer,...


By Charles R. Wolfe / On October 11th, 2013

Two September experiences reminded me of the strength and fragility of urban places, and the inherent ironies of surviving town forms. One such experience was here, at home, while preparing for a keynote address in New Hampshire scheduled for later this...

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By Admin / On July 30th, 2013

Katie Valentine and Ryan Koronowski of ThinkProgress uncover what oil companies (and snow...


By Admin / On June 14th, 2013

Reid Ewing, author of the forthcoming book, Measuring Urban Design, talks to Angie Schmitt of...


By Charles R. Wolfe / On May 13th, 2013

As urban stakeholders -- residents, pundits, developers, associated professionals, and politicians -- we like to discuss and debate aspects of urbanism and how cities should change to meet new challenges. But when we talk about urbanism, I think we often...


By Jason Leppig / On May 3rd, 2013

This week's selection for #forewordFriday comes from Charles R. Wolfe's new E-ssential, Urbanism Without Effort.


By Admin / On March 8th, 2013

Planners and urban designers have reached a consensus about what constitutes "good urbanism;" however, there remains a yawning gap between this theory and reality. In this week's #forewordFriday selection, Nan Ellin's new book,...


By Admin / On October 10th, 2012

Jan Gehl, author of the popular book ...