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It's a Trend: More Businesses Are Choosing Downtowns and Walkable Locations

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.18.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

For those places that are coming back, or as in the case of Dublin being made more walkable, the environment especially will benefit as car trips can become shorter and, in many cases, can be replaced by transit and walking trips. We will also need fewer intrusions on undeveloped watersheds and the rural countryside. And, besides, walkable places are good for our health, too.

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Courtney McKinney | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

In the past months, I've seriously considered how and when my attitude toward the police changed so dramatically. I left for college with the belief that police are there to protect me.

How Downsizing Is Actually Making Our Lives Bigger

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 06.08.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Our house is sold, and we've bought another. In the next few weeks I will pack, sort, store and toss 24 years of living. Fortunately I've always been good at purging, so much of the work has been done already. But still.

The Moment I Knew I Needed To Move To The Suburbs

Erin Gates | Posted 05.13.2015 | HuffPost Home
Erin Gates

After one too many late-night noise issues, a million block laps to find parking and repeat calls to landlords regarding floods, broken air conditioners and bug infestations, our little family finally decided that perhaps the suburbs would be a better fit for us than the city.

Tips on How to Be the Best Youth Soccer Coach

Quora | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Quora

Organize your practices (Every player should have a ball, marked with the player's name, and be responsible for bringing it to practice. Coach brings the pump).

Hey Andrew Zimmern, I Want to Be Your Sidekick

Tracy Beckerman | Posted 06.15.2015 | Comedy
Tracy Beckerman

Honestly, I have never seen anyone other than my dog slurp slugs like such a pro. You must be the envy of every foodie and aardvark on the planet.

The Far Suburbs Are Enjoying A Renaissance

Pew's Stateline | Teresa Wiltz | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

7 Small Towns Who Have A LOT To Be Proud Of

Thrillist | Posted 06.13.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

People are really proud of their small towns.

Going Back to Indiana: With Two Cheers for Its Gun-Toting Gals!

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

If only this beautiful vision were true. Social research survey data from mainstream polling organizations tells us, over and over again, that women represent approximately 10 percent of the nation's gun-owning population.

Could Placemaking Become the New Golf? Repurposing Obsolete Courses

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.16.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Can this surplus land be repurposed in a way that helps give our suburbs a stronger sense of place, that contributes nonsprawling infill development and, at the same time, better-ordered public green space and ecological services? A few signs are starting to point in that direction.

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.

City vs. Suburbs: 5 Tradeoffs to Think About When Starting a Family

Lori Rochino | Posted 04.06.2015 | HuffPost Home
Lori Rochino

The benefits of the suburbs is you get more bang for your buck in terms of living space. Your kids will have room for toys and play dates. Plus you can have your own back yard with a garden and plenty of space to entertain. The cost of living is lower as well.

Suburbs of Survival, and the Democracy of Placemaking

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 03.30.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Those of us who style ourselves as "urbanists" -- myself included, much of the time - tend to get a bit snobbish and condescending about, you know, ordinary people.

The Greening of a Suburban Downtown

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 02.28.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

If planners for Bethesda, Maryland fully realize a conceptual vision now being offered to community leaders and the public, the once-quiet but now-bustling suburb's downtown could become a nationally relevant example of urban sustainability.

Clean Power Plan a Win All-Around

Bill Richardson | Posted 02.08.2015 | Green
Bill Richardson

By embracing the fight against climate change, we can help make the United States a leader in clean energy jobs and economic opportunity, as well as environmental protection.

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?

10 Signs You've Had Kids and Moved Out of the City

Meredith Hale | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

You put on a pair of sensible flats because the idea of trekking around the city in heels makes you want to curl up in bed and watch Orange Is the New Black. You then take off your flats, curl up in bed, and watch Orange Is the New Black.

Five Reasons I Can't Adapt to the Suburbs

Larry Bernstein | Posted 11.18.2014 | HuffPost Home
Larry Bernstein

The boys play in the backyard. My wife loves planting and killing flowers. And I'm happy to have a driveway. While I love the permanent parking spot, I still can't seem to adapt to the suburbs.

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.

Americans Don't Walk Much, and I Don't Blame Them

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

For most Americans in most places, walking -- that most basic and human method of movement, and the one most important to our health -- is all but impossible. Maybe not literally impossible, but inconvenient at best, and tragically dangerous way too often.

Ferguson, Philadelphia and the Changing Geography of Race

Steven Conn | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

What does the erosion of the economic and social fabric in these suburbs mean for the future of our metropolitan regions? What does it tell us about the great social experiment in suburbanization altogether?

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.

What's a Lawn to You?

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein David

In the old days, the aristocracy had lawns to emphasize their wealth and power. Today, things have changed. Each of us is lord of our own manor, and we don't need a lawn to prove it.

Confessions of a Baseball Mom

Debra Pickett | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Debra Pickett

It was like I'd just hopped out of my station wagon with a cocktail in one hand and a cigarette in the other, leaving a toddler rolling around, unbuckled in the back. In some places, not having your entire life's schedule dictated by your 7-year-old's sports team makes you kind of a bad a**.

The Spirituality of Cities

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 08.09.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

As the technologies that shape our lives change, we need to encourage a city plan that gives us space, but does not isolate us; that is not racist and gives poorer people the chance to thrive too.