What Does Incrementalism Actually Mean?
September 5, 2018
Incremental approaches are often cheaper, faster, or have less risk than sudden approaches. Let’s explore different types of incrementalism.
What Makes A Place Walkable
August 7, 2018
Walkability is a word urbanists throw around, often with different ideas as to what it really means, or why we care about it. Let’s take a look at how safety, distance, convenience, and comfort affect it.
The Living City vs. The Mechanical City
May 2, 2018
A city is a living organism, and we should tend to it as such. A city dies when it is treated as, and functions, as a machine.
A Brief History of Setbacks
March 7, 2018
If you want to understand housing affordability and transportation issues, start with setbacks.
We Need Complete Neighbourhoods
February 7, 2018
A Complete Neighborhood is one where, outside of commuting to work or spending a night out, you can get everything you need within walking distance.
Surprising Approaches to Achieving Density
January 4, 2018
We can build compact, walkable cities in an adaptable and economically inclusive manner - no high-rise towers needed.
A Simple Guide to Architectural Rendering
August 29, 2017
Is there an empty lot in your neighborhood you dream of filling? Use these simple steps to sketch, model and render a new building in the space.
Let's explore Maxwell Place Lawn
July 25, 2017
When we force private developers to provide "open space," they typically do a mediocre job of it.
Subdividing Large Lots for Small Developers
April 19, 2017
What if cities purchased those big lots and sold them to smal-scale developers?
Cites as Platforms of Productivity
March 23, 2017
Cities are filled with talent, ideas, and hardworking people. We just need to provide them with the platform to be productive.
Historic Preservation Treats The Symptom Instead Of The Cause
January 30, 2017
Historic preservation is often used to prevent something being replaced by something worse, but are we focusing on the symptom or the cause?
Ride-Sharing and Car Ownership
January 4, 2017
What does ride-sharing mean for the future of our cities and car ownership?
Rethinking Parking as Infrastructure
December 1, 2016
Let's rethink parking as communal infrastructure rather than private property.
Let's Infill A Neighbourhood (And Make A Profit)
August 8, 2016
Let's infill a Hoboken city block with traditional urbanism.
June 14, 2016
Small bets are an affordable way to incrementally improve the places we love. Every city should be looking at the low hanging fruit that they can use to continually improve themselves.
An Antifragile Ecosystem of Cities
June 1, 2016
An experimental idea to build an antifragile ecosystem of cities.
Housing Unaffordability is the Result of Artifical Scarcity
April 20, 2016
Housing affordability is simply a result of supply and demand. In a true free market, housing prices should be around the same as construction costs.
Car-Free Life in the City
April 11, 2016
It's Strong Citizens Week at Strong Towns, and I was invited to share what life is like in a major American city without a car.
The Case for One-Way Streets
February 11, 2016
Urbanists love to bash one way streets, but I think it is a red herring.
January 20, 2016
For a street to be unbiased, it needs to not prefer one mode of transportation over the other.
Let's Build A Village From A Parking Lot
December 3, 2015
All of this empty land just sitting there is ripe for some infill.
My Car Pays Cheaper Rent Than Me
November 23, 2015
I wish I could pay $30/month to rent 1,000 square feet of space. I could if I were a car.
Every City Believes They Have A Parking Problem
October 26, 2015
Complaining about parking is useless. Every single city I have lived in thinks they have a parking problem.
October 21, 2015
There are many advantages of a fine-grained development pattern where ownership is diversified.
September 14, 2015
Greenspace is useless filler that spaces things apart. We are better off building real parks.
Alley Garbage Truck Math
August 30, 2015
Even if an alley has to be clear for 4 hours a week for garbage collecting, that still leaves 164 hours a week when you are free to set up your tables and chairs.
Following The Pack - Drive-through Banking
June 24, 2015
If you wanted drive-through banking - why would you drive downtown to do so, and not visit a suburban branch?
A Minimal Amount of Thought
April 24, 2015
There are some things in this world that are obviously done without a whole lot of thought put into them.
March 26, 2015
It does not really matter to the person on foot what is private or public, or who owns or controls what, if the end result is a pleasant environment for people.
A Matter of Priorities
February 20, 2015
There is nothing inherent to what we build - it is simply a matter of priorities.
The Negative Consequences of Car Dependency
January 21, 2015
We often talk about car dependency as being the result of the suburban Growth Ponzi scheme, and how a Strong Town should focus more on walking, biking, and transit. But do you ever wonder why?
December 1, 2014
My worst fear is that we are transition towards a polarized economy - an economy where you have a small group at the top that owns most of the capital, and a large low-skilled, low-paid working class.
A Place To Call Home
November 17, 2014
I feel lost and that feeling fuels me to write, it fuels me to travel, and it fuels me to find a place to call home.
Top Down Funding
November 3, 2014
Where does a small state like Arkansas go in the priority for federal money?
Do Your Transit Leaders Ride Transit?
October 27, 2014
It's 12pm and I can either get to my destination by 12:06pm via car or 5:19pm via transit. Who designed this madness?
October 2, 2014
How is the Walmart 'Neighbourhood' Market 'neighbourly' when your front door is set back 750 feet from the street - distancing themselves as far away as possible from any 'neighbours'!
Strong Towns National Gathering
September 13, 2014
I have spent the weekend at the Strong Towns National Gathering.
Zoning and Traffic
September 5, 2014
My simulation shows that single use zoning results in worse traffic.
A Blast To A Pre-War Past
July 16, 2014
What would a streetcar suburb look like today if their bones were never ripped up?
Learn To Say No
July 10, 2014
If what you have been doing has not worked out for you, the best thing you can do is to stop.
Car Dependent By Design
May 21, 2014
If we zone automobile-oriented uses at automobile scales do not be surprised if the result is an automobile dependent environment.
May 15, 2014
Zoning refers to any system where restrictions and laws vary within in the same jurisdiction based on area, or zone. There are multiple zoning systems in use, I will describe the three major types I have encountered.
April 22, 2014
I love narrow streets, they are an essential part of making a city feel warm, inviting, and most importantly, human-scale.
The Problem with Sales Tax
April 16, 2014
The problem with relying on sales tax is that everything other than retail becomes a burden. There is no motivation for government to do or provide anything else.
March 19, 2014
America's best urban planners are out there building malls, university campuses, and amusement parks instead of cities.
March 12, 2014
We need a name that is unique and catchy enough to remember, and hopefully insulting enough to discourage this bad form!
The Case for Investing Downtown
January 15, 2014
In an urban environment, not only are we concentrating our infrastructure and saving money - requiring very little to service many - but the taxes and jobs generated from it are phenomenally high.
A Traditional City Primer
December 4, 2013
The Traditional City simply refers to the pattern of development that human civilization has built in for millenia.
What About The Elderly?
October 18, 2013
Traversing an environment built for the automobile in anything other than an automobile, sucks. Even if you can overcome the inhospitable nature of that, there are others that can not.
September 9, 2013
Instead of comprehensive planning, let's unleash the market to experiment.
July 15, 2013
The Copy-and-Paste town, unique only by its configuration of chain stores, is a very dull and uninteresting place.
Anchors in Urban Environments
June 13, 2013
An anchor is a destination that people want to purposely visit and will go out of their way to get there
Why I Use So Many Pictures
April 30, 2013
I use a lot of pictures in my blog posts to ensure that I get my messages across in the most effective way possible.
Let's Build A Traditional City (And Make A Profit)
March 30, 2013
Let's transform an old airport site into a Traditional City.
January 31, 2013
Wide streets have many problems, so let's design our streets to the scale of humans.
January 10, 2013
Good urban design is good urban design, regardless of the population you're catering for.
October 20, 2012
Part of the experience of moving to a new country are the new experiences that come with it.
October 17, 2012
A complete street tries to encorporate as many features as possible - sidewalks, bicycle lanes, cross walks, and traffic lights - to accommodate every potential mode of transportation that could use that street.
The Future of The Automobile
October 1, 2012
Global warming, obesity, gasoline prices, the war for oil, urban sprawl, social isolation, small businesses shutting down, the rising cost of living - what do all of these problems have in common?