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Chicago Changes Colors

Zack Isaacs | Posted 09.05.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

It's the new Great Migration: black Chicagoans are "relocating" to the southern suburbs. But it's much bigger than a residential issue. Chicago is not what it used to be -- and I think I know the reason why.

Village Green: How to Tell if Development Is Good for the Environment

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 09.04.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

You have probably wondered whether or not a proposal for new development in your community was a good idea. A Citizen's Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development is a hands-on introduction to just that.

Why Adults Ignore Underage Drinking And Other Stories

Linda Flanagan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Linda Flanagan

Rather than fight it, many parents have raised the white flag and allowed their underage children to drink at home. What's more, some parents, advertently or not, supply their kids with booze.

Suburbia's Disastrously High Unemployment Rate

The New Republic | Emily Garr | Posted 06.05.2011 | Business

In the three years since the recession began the number of unemployed in the nation increased by 90 percent, or 6.6 million people. As our latest geog...

Happiness Research Ranks Commuting Low: My Car-free Commute (VIDEO)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kirsten Dirksen

The rewards associated with longer commutes -- a bigger house, a higher salary or better schools -- don't fully compensate for the sacrifices we end up making by working so far from home.

William Alden

Oil Prices Raise Cost Of Homeownership, Threatening Housing Recovery

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- As unrest in the Middle East shows little sign of cooling, the price of a barrel of oil continues to climb, raising transportation and hea...

Village Green: New Report Shows How Smart Land Planning Helps Prosperity

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

Cities investing in public transportation and downtown development are experiencing cost savings, growing tax revenues, increased property values and booming retail sales.

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 profess...

How Will Suburban Schools Handle the New Influx of Immigrants?

Sarah Garland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sarah Garland

In the next 20 years, the schools in need of the most help may not be the schools in inner cities like Newark or Detroit. Instead, they may be in far-flung suburbs and exurbs where immigrants are flocking.

Chicago Debates -- The Malling of Chicago

Edward Lifson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edward Lifson

Is Chicago becoming the "Suburb of the Century" in the twenty-first? Are big box retailers eating up our neighborhoods? If you care about our city, be a part of the debate.

Thanksgiving in Five Points: Poverty and Plenty

Weston Gentry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Weston Gentry

Poverty is the biggest problem in my neighborhood. In fact, it's a problem in all of Denver. This reality really hit home when I happened upon two Latino mothers foraging in the dumpsters behind my house.

On the Necessity of a GBF

Sarah Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sarah Rose

I love my gay best friend, not least because he has the same plumbing and wiring as the men I date. It's not a bad idea to have someone on call who has deep technical knowledge -- it's like calling AppleCare.

City Shaping II: Will Architecture Go Horizontal?

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Landscape Urbanism sees landscape architecture, rather than architecture, as the design medium more capable of organizing the city and enhancing the urban experience.

Village Green: Healing With Sustainable Places

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

    Can an urban place be located and designed so that it nourishes and heals?  Mark Holland, one of the key principals involved in the...

Poverty In Suburbs Increasing Rapidly During Economic Downturn

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The American suburb is no longer a refuge from poverty in cities. A pair of analyses by the nonprofit Brookings Institution paints...

'Suburban Nation'

Jeff Speck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
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.

Evanston Named One Of America's Coolest Suburbs By Travel And Leisure

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

For years, the suburbs were regarded as vast, generic wastelands. The architecture of the city was miles away, and there was the misconception that su...

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.

Slicing Away Some of Suburbia

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lita Smith-Mines

The disappearance of another pizza parlor shouldn't have had much of an impact on me. What's bothering me is that there are proprietors failing in just about every business area around town.

America Becomes a Little More Like Paris

Algernon Austin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Algernon Austin

In Paris, the central city is wealthier and whiter than the suburbs. In the US, the demographics have been the reverse. In the 21st century, the United States has begun to look a little more like Paris.

Suburbs Losing Young Whites To Cities, Brookings Institution Finds

AP / Huffington Post | HOPE YEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON - White flight? In a reversal, America's suburbs are now more likely to be home to minorities, the poor and a rapidly growing older populat...

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.

Green News Report: July 6, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: A solar boos...

Our Broken Regions - Fixing the Hidden Cause of our Economic Downfall

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Sustainable regions are only possible if all people have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Areas that embrace this "regional equity" focus will be on the fast-track to economic stability and growth.

Coyotes Attack Girl In Front Of Westchester Home

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

RYE, N.Y. — Police say a 6-year-old girl was scratched and bitten by a pair of coyotes who charged her as she played with friends in the front y...