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U.S. Transportation Chief Urges Mayors to Make Pedestrians a Priority

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, a former Charlotte mayor, asked a national gathering of mayors Thursday to commit to improving the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians in their communities. “Overall, automobile crashes have declined in the l… more »
News, communities, bike, Mayors –  Jan. 29, 2015



AASHTO Moves Toward Endorsing Protected Bike Lanes

The bible of U.S. bikeway engineering, last revised just before the modern American protected bike lane explosion, will almost certainly include protected lanes in its next update. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials'… more »
News, transportation, engineers, bike –  Jan. 29, 2015



The Forward March of Form-Based Codes

What’s the difference between a form-based code (FBC) and conventional zoning? All codes shape the built form of communities. Conventional codes are organized around separation of uses and the form is a byproduct. With a FBC, the form is the central org… more »
News, communities –  Jan. 29, 2015



Retrofitting Dead and Dying Suburban Malls: What Works?

Denver has been retrofitting its dead and dying suburban malls on a New Urbanist town center model. More than half of 12 regional malls are already retrofitted, and more are being repurposed. Because Denver is such a busy incubator of New Urbanist theor… more »
News, Suburban –  Jan. 29, 2015



Complete Streets vs. Trucks: The Answer is More Creative Thinking About How to Move Goods

As more communities invest in green, complete streets to create environments that are both safer and more accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists, there are growing problems for those who must move goods, said Peter Plumeau, Resource Systems Group. Co… more »
News, communities, environment, streets –  Jan. 29, 2015



Design Excellence 2015: Part 1

As the Bruner Foundation prepares for the kick-off of the selection process for the 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, we reached out to the leaders of organizations engaged in the design and development of American cities to discuss the issue… more »
News, Urban, award –  Jan. 29, 2015



The Negative Consequences of Car Dependency

​A handful of reasons why car dependency is unsustainable and unhealthy for communities outside of the typical arguments of parking, traffic, and oil dependency. http://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2015/1/20/the-negative-consequences-of-car-depe… more »
News, car –  Jan. 27, 2015



A Shattered Foundation: White Homeowners are Recovering, but Black Homeowners are Not.

A Washington Post analysis of housing values in two suburban Washington Zip codes — one in a mostly black Bowie, Md., neighborhood of Prince George’s County and the other in a mostly white area of Reston, Va. — sketches a vivid picture of how African Am… more »
News, neighborhood –  Jan. 27, 2015



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