Category: Urban development

How Great Streets Revitalized Downtown Austin, Texas

Project Great Streets chronicles how the city of Austin, Texas, revitalized their once dying downtown by reclaiming its public realm for people and rebuilding its downtown grid as walkable and livable great streets.

April 7, 2017
In-depth topic: Urban planning

The Evolution of Urban Planning

An illustrative infographic by architect Kon von der Schulenburg explores and highlights the amazing evolution of urban planning dating back to the 1700s.

January 29, 2017

6 Ways Municipalities Can Provide Affordable Space to Make Local Businesses Thrive

A recent report highlights the threat of escalating rents to small local businesses vital to a resilient community and ways a municipal government can help mitigate it.

April 30, 2016
In-depth topic: Local resiliency

Dealing with Auto Traffic Congestion

This Strong Town article draws an identical analogy between a natural watershed and our road system. The same principle of flood control applies to both.

November 18, 2015
In-depth topic: Urban planning

The Myth of Users Pay Highways and Roads

The first and necessary step towards a rational re-thinking of our transportation priorities involves the dispelling of the long held and common myth that drivers pay for the full cost of the roads they drive on.

September 30, 2015
In-depth topic: Urban planning

8 Essential Elements of an Attractive Urban Place

The lost art of urban design and the essential elements that make an urban place attractive, as ‘re-discovered’ in this dated video by a then pioneer of urban space design, are refreshingly and equally, if not even more so, applicable in today’s new towns and suburbs.

August 23, 2015
In-depth topic: Urban planning

No Money Down – the Allure and Dangers Of Municipal Development Projects

Lured by no-money-down and an immediate boost in property tax revenue, a city often approves development projects which end up with negative returns down the road. This concept only becomes obvious after digging into the income and expenses over a lifecycle of a project.

May 25, 2015
In-depth topic: Urban planning

Vision Zero 2.0 – the Streets of Stockholm

The capital of Sweden, which pioneered the concept of Vision Zero, an ambitious goal of having zero traffic fatalities, Stockholm has made much progress in transforming itself into a more walk-able and bike-able city with stimulating public places, as illustrated by this Streetfilms short film.

March 25, 2015
In-depth topic: Urban planning

Vibrant Centers – The Changing Landscape of Office Space Preferences

Companies seeking young, educated Millenial talents are driving a growing demand for office space in compact, connected and mixed-used environments, resulting in an office rental renaissance in urban centers and presenting a unique opportunity to suburban town centers to play host to these companies.

February 24, 2015
In-depth topic: Urban planning

Financial Productivity – How Urban Land Use Affects A City’s Wallet

See how a blighted and run-down block built in a traditional pattern compars against a shiny and new auto-oriented block built for a drive-through fast food chain restaurant when it comes to tax revenues to the city.

January 24, 2015
In-depth topic: Urban planning