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Reviewed: The Smart Growth Manual

The Smart Growth Manual By: Andres Duany & Jeff Speck with Mike Lydon In One Line: The experience of three planning veterans boiled into a valid list of smart growth concepts that can serve as a primer for new development efforts.  While there has been notable traction in the design community for efforts to retool the […]

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Calibrating Yards for Building Community

Too often, we find ourselves in new suburban developments that are little more than a watered down model of a historic precedent. With large swaths of sub-divided into saleable parcels, the go-to combination of a windy road, ample lawns and a smattering of colonial reminiscing can get the property off the hands of a developer […]

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Simple Policy Can Discourage Building Reuse

Density plays a key role in the creation of a walkable, pedestrian-oriented, sustainable community. Though there are examples of denser development patterns that are not walkable, it is hard to create walkability without hitting a certain threshold of units per acre, so bolstering the streetscape with new buildings can be important for the sustainable aspirations […]

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Vacation Doesn’t Need to be From Sustainability

When most of us manage to carve out the time, money and effort required to clock out of the daily grind for a while, the top priority is stepping away from the nagging mundane worries that are waiting for us every morning. Vacation spots excel at helping to push thoughts of the job, the commute, […]

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Solving the Recycling Cost Gap is About Value

Within the realm of broad sustainability efforts in this country, recycling could be considered one of the veterans. Recycling programs have existed in America since the 1990’s, but despite their longevity, they still have not yet reached their maturity, falling short of refined systems streamlined for maximum impact at minimum cost. In most places, recycling […]

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Reviewed: Walkable City

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time By Jeff Speck In One Line: From broad strokes to streetscape specifics, the author covers the deficiencies of modern street planning that hinder the pedestrian experience as well a coordinated attack to solve them.  In the age of millennials, walkability is all the rage. If […]

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Reviewed: Sustainable Urbanism

Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature By Douglas Farr In One Line: A well-crafted overview of sustainable planning strategies with a broad lens that is valuable for a range of readers as a foundation to a library of stewardship.  The complexity of sustainability is one of its worse enemies. Our modern attempts to condense information can […]

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