The New American Suburb: Diverse, Dense, and Booming

Downtown Naperville, Illinois, an example of denser suburban development (Credit: Ian Freimuth / Flickr)
American suburbs are far from a static set of cookie-cutter housing developments. But a forthcoming new report, Demographic Strategies for Real Estate, suggests that this archetypical part of the American landscape is in for some massive changes over the next decade that will reshape planning, land-use, and the real estate market. Read more... Read more

We Need Code Reform: How Do We Get There?

Petosky, Michigan (Source: CNU Public Square)
We know that traditional zoning and development codes can be harmful to building strong, prosperous communities. So why has progress been so slow—why do rules that actively hinder the development that we say we want persist in most of our cities and villages? The Michigan Municipal League recently hosted a workshop that connected five Michigan cities with a team of national development code-writing experts convened by Congress for the New Urbanism to dig into this question. Read more... Read more

Detroit to Test Out Zoning for the “Urban Life We Want”

Astro Coffee in downtown Detroit (Sam Beebe / Flickr)
Plenty of cities want to boost small business development, but that’s harder to do when zoning and regulatory requirements stand in the way. In a bid to ease some of those burdens, Detroit is sourcing designs for revived neighborhood main streets. According to the Detroit News, the city has put out a call for urban planners, architects and designers to propose concepts for walkable, mixed-use development in three commercial sites. Those designs will then be tested against the city’s zoning... Read more

Diet From Design: How City Planning Can Prevent Obesity

Mixed use development, a model of city design that addresses obesity through incentivizing healthy behavior. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
Initiatives to curb obesity are plentiful, but a strategy based in the discipline of city planning merits particular attention. The concept is mixed use development, a model in urban design where the physical layout of a city – the streets, roads and built structures – is composed of numerous interconnected, pedestrian accessible neighbourhoods, each containing a range of services or functions people would normally travel for. Read more... Read more

Car-free streets: When old becomes new again

Somerville NJ
While the original pedestrian malls were an attempt to reverse urban divestment trends, today’s car-free streets are emerging in response to urban revitalization trends. This overarching distinction helps explain why car-free streets are reemerging and succeeding, when pedestrian malls of the past failed. Today’s car-free streets are creating spaces, while many pedestrian malls got rid of them. Read more... Read more

Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting, October 24 – 27

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Join more than 6,000 leaders from around the world and from every sector of real estate and land use to share best practices and get the latest information on trends affecting the industry. The conference takes place October 24 – 27 in Dallas, Texas.... Read more
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