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Urban Design

A Complex Portrait of Rural America

New Census data show that the real differences between the city and the country may not match up with popular perception.

A Lesson in Urban Design: Educate Your Residents Before the Ribbon Cutting

The first “shared street” in Chicago is befuddling some of its users.

Local Governments Can’t Ignore Resilience Issues Any Longer

“Places are going to be at repetitive risk more than they have been in the past,” said HUD's Harriet Tregoning, on the heels of an eye-opening new Rockefeller documentary.

Navigator Award Finalist: Wes Craiglow, Deputy Director for Planning and Development, Conway, Ark.

Making the case for city planners to think more like farmers and encourage development that will be the most beneficial to a municipal budget.

Burying a 1950s Planning Disaster

The partial removal of the Inner Loop might make Rochester, New York, the city that finally breaks a ruinous mid-century mold.

Groundwork for a Connected Vehicle Pilot Program in Tampa Forges Ahead

“This is the next paradigm shift in transportation,” says one official helping to lead up the program.

When Parking Lots May Not Be Sound Long-Term Investments for Cities

With so many parking lots currently underutilized and an era of autonomous cars emerging, the return on investment may not be worth it.

California Governor Jerry Brown’s Plan for Cheaper Rent is Going to Make People Upset

Brown is pushing a plan that would allow developers to leapfrog planning and environmental reviews if they meet basic zoning requirements.

Where Millennials and the Working Class Can No Longer Afford to Live

A new Trulia report looks at which cities have the highest housing burdens.

Detroit Mini-Park Revitalization Project Looks to Improve Neglected Parcels

The Knight Cities Challenge awards 'Give a Park, Get a Park' proposal a major grant to better manage city resources and work with local property owners.

What Happens When Millennials Stop Moving to Cities?

Growing cities must prepare for the possibility of cyclical urban population decline.

Mapping Pedestrian Behavior With Wi-Fi

Wireless access points can track the daily walking routes of crowds, allowing urban planners to build for better flow.

Forget Downtown. Smart City Districts Are the New Social and Economic Hubs

A new White House report urges the creation of financing mechanisms to create more development areas geared toward innovation.

The Fleeting Allure of the Walkable Neighborhood

If El Paso and other Southwestern cities prove anything, it's that many residents just want space.

Where Sprawl Makes It Tougher to Rise Up the Social Ranks

Dense metros tend to offer more economic opportunity than less compact cities do.

4 Ways Zoning Can Segregate Cities

Concentrations of poverty and wealth have been created throughout urban centers and their suburbs with exclusionary land-use restrictions.

A Way to Make Bus Route Planning More Accessible and Flexible

New software is helping transit agencies map new stops and lines in greater detail.

Part of Resurgent Detroit’s Transportation Retrofit: More Bicycle Infrastructure

In the Motor City, an incremental but organic buildout of bikeways is as good a transportation solution as any. It's cost effective, too.

Segregating Charlotte With 'Public Safety Zones'

Despite local law enforcement's abysmal record on race, a new proposal would see the department decide where arrestees can and cannot go.

Can Cities Desegregate? Some Show How It’s Done

As the federal government ups the pressure on cities to desegregate, some may provide models to follow.

How Understanding ‘Travel Horizon’ Impacts on Personal Spending Will Improve Urban Planning

A new public-private data partnership aims to help cities close gaps in their transportation networks, reaching underserved communities while bringing in tax dollars.

Urban Informatics: A Q&A With Robert Goodspeed of the University of Michigan

In advance of a Sept. 26 “unconference” on urban informatics in Ann Arbor, Route Fifty discusses the intersection of data, municipal governance, planning and innovation.

This Unusual Affordable Housing Plan in Jersey City Might Actually Work

Tax incentives will steer mixed-income development to all neighborhoods if everything goes according to plan.

Is Keeping an NBA Team in Milwaukee Worth Taxpayers’ Money?

Gov. Scott Walker plans to sign a bill Wednesday that will commit millions of dollars in state and local public funding to a basketball arena project. But some officials still aren’t sold on the deal.

This City’s Harvard Partnership Helped Eliminate Blight

The municipality formerly known as “Slumerville” has gone from a “basketcase,” in one lecturer’s words, to being well run.

Mapping America's Renters

A new map provides a detailed look at the nation’s twofold housing crisis.

Earthquake Survival Kits Are Flying off Shelves in Seattle

But to really prepare the Pacific Northwest for the Big One, much more needs to be done.

Millennials: Living on the Edge of the Big City

Although millennials still love New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., nearby suburbs with an urban feel offer affordable alternatives as the generation ages.

Do You Live in One of the 10 'Most Unequal' Areas in the Country?

On the surface, inequality is about your income. But it’s also about your neighborhood.

Pittsburgh’s ‘Shared Space’ Street Concept Could Be a National Trendsetter

‘It looks like it’s chaos’ but this emerging idea may bring sanity to a heavily-trafficked part of Steel City’s downtown.