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Growing Greener in Mexico's "City of the Mountains"

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 06.08.2016 | Impact
Pascal Mittermaier

Six years ago, Hurricane Alex barreled through Monterrey, Mexico, dropping 30 inches of rain - a year's worth of precipitation - in just a few days. M...

Proof We Are Paving Paradise to Put Up a Parking Lot

Ann Morgan | Posted 05.19.2017 | Green
Ann Morgan

For those of us who live in the West and love its wide open spaces, wildlife and access to the outdoors, the rate of development is a common lament. But a new study shows exactly how much and how fast we are losing our natural areas.

On My Way Home From the Trails, a Different Kind of Apocalypse

Dan Turello | Posted 09.14.2016 | Green
Dan Turello

One of the joys of mountain biking is that over time you become intimate with the trails. You get to know their nuances and rhythms: a root here, a stone there, now a steep dip and a sharp turn, and then the view of the water through the trees. It becomes familiar, like a trusted lover.

Is Sprawl the Answer or the Enemy? Housing Affordability and Demographic Changes

Jack Skelley | Posted 06.10.2016 | Los Angeles
Jack Skelley

Rents are higher in Los Angeles than in any other major U.S. city, according to several recent studies. There is wide agreement that the city is facing a huge affordability crisis. But far less consensus on the solutions.

Who's Sprawling Now? Mixed Signals From the Market

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.09.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Something very interesting is happening: companies are recognizing that today's workforce wants a more urban lifestyle, even in the suburbs.

Sustainable Communities in the Age of the Sound Bite

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Why should city planning matter to people who aren't urban designer types? How can you make the case as briefly and simply as possible?

Why Nature Needs Cities

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

There is simply no way we can protect and maintain a beautiful, thriving, natural and rural landscape outside of cities if we continue to spread highways and suburban sprawl across the countryside. Healthy, robust, beautiful cities where people want to live are critical to the protection of nature.

Let's Not Pronounce Sprawl Dead Just Yet

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 10.01.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Few things have been as simultaneously destructive to the natural environment, the economy, and our social fabric as the tidal wave of suburban sprawl that washed over the US in the late 20th century.

Ten Questions We Should Be Asking About Our Communities

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 09.07.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Green buildings are mainstream now, and green infrastructure is advancing. Indeed, some progressive institutions believe it is time to begin installing "net-positive" buildings that produce more sustainable energy and water than they consume, and that generate no net waste.

Walmart Is the Last Place Obama Should Be Making A Clean Energy Speech

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Stacy Mitchell

Why are we now burning so much more fossil fuel to move retail goods? There are multiple reasons, but many of the most important factors are rooted in the rise of Walmart.

The Streets of Miami: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (PHOTOS)

Marianne Cusato | Posted 03.30.2014 | Miami
Marianne Cusato

Great streets make great places. Lousy streets result in clogged traffic and lower property values. While street design feels like a technical matter ...

Vermont Governor Takes Heat for Warming Up To Wal-Mart

Al Norman | Posted 03.28.2013 | Business
Al Norman

Does Gpv. Shumlin seriously think Vermonters are going to spend more money simply because they have another place to buy Chinese-made underwear? Cutting the retail pie thinner does not create net new jobs.

Volatile Gas Prices: Public Anger, Secret Panic

Catherine Lutz | Posted 08.19.2011 | Business
Catherine Lutz

Rich enough to buy a Bentley on a whim or poor enough to be set back by a simple traffic fine, Americans are angry about gas prices. This upsurge of emotion is about much more than money.

EPA Announces Plan to Abandon Kansas City -- at the Cost of the City and Taxpayers

Geoffrey Anderson | Posted 06.15.2011 | Green
Geoffrey Anderson

To avoid small costs, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be creating big costs for everyone, including the federal government.

Village Green: A Pedestrian Braves the Challenges of Sprawl

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Designer/educator Christine Franck and I travel in some of the same urbanist circles. Recently she was a visiting professor at the University of Notr...

In The Public Interest: Busting the 'User Fee' Highway Myth

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

Ever wonder why the roads and highways in our cities keep getting bigger and wider while public transportation, rail, and bike paths are left behind, ...

Rockin' The Suburbs, Memorable Mumfords, and How The West Was Won in 2010

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

They don't make music like they used to.

'Suburban Nation'

Jeff Speck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeff Speck

But now, a preference has become a mandate, as sprawl has quietly been identified as a central cause behind a growing list of mounting national crises including foreign oil dependency, climate change, and the obesity epidemic.

Village Green: Walmart Goes Urban?

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Walmart plans to expand into urban markets with smaller stores that carry fresh food, writes Jayne O’Donnell in USA Today. O’Donnell reports that...

The Real Red Scare

Laura Barrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Moscow stands as a warning to us. Without adequate investment in public transportation and a concerted effort to combat sprawl, our metropolitan areas face a grim future.

Sarah McKenzie: A Nation Of Builders, And Of Artists

John Seed | Posted 04.11.2012 | Home
John Seed

There isn't a single human figure in any of McKenzie's works of the past five years; they aren't necessary. Construction, a metaphor for human work, desire and hope stands in for actual human presence.

Village Green: New Program Launches to Promote Smart, Green Land Development

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

The country’s first comprehensive system for defining, measuring, and certifying smart, green land development is now fully open for business. Thurs...

Village Green: New California Report Shows Dramatic Potential of Smarter Land Use

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

A new state-sponsored report reveals that smart planning could bring dramatic environmental and economic benefits to California, while troubling consq...

The Answer to the BP Mystery: Yes, We Can Drive Less

Catherine Lutz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Catherine Lutz

Post-spill, are we ready to give up driving? As a nation, we cannot use our history of sprawl and transit underfunding to justify continued car overdependence. And those who can afford to drive less, should.

What To Do With the Suburbs?

Frank Gruber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Frank Gruber

If reversing the decline of cities was the preoccupation of planners in the 20th century, then the suburbs are going to be the focus of planning for much of this one.