How do we help citizens move away from “NIMBY” to “YIMBY” (Yes in my backyard)? Better urban planning choices can have positive impacts on people’s lives, but residents are often afraid of change.

Planners and urbanists couch their good ideas in jargon that turns off nonprofessionals, so a key to broadening the message is making the language accessible. To do their civic duty, citizens need to understand how diverse and connected suburbs can help make their lives better, improve the economy, and build a better place for their children. The tools available in Build a Better Burb can empower citizens achieve the future that they want.

A dozen fun facts about the ‘roundabout capital’

Carmel, Indiana, recently built its 100th roundabout, making it the roundabout capital of the US.

New high-end developments bring the city to the suburbs

How new mixed-use communities embrace urbanism and placemaking, ditch golf courses and malls

The Future of Retirement Communities

More older people these days are looking for a community without a car.

Postwar neighborhoods are key to revitalization

After 1945, development shifted radically — to automobile-oriented housing with various types of single-use commercial development along arterial highways.

Tool 5: Cultivating Consensus

Bringing in community stakeholder voices can allow for a smarter suburban design product.

Choice and the ‘sprawl tax’

Uncovering the hidden cost of sprawl.

CNU Building a Better Burb

Retrofit Council meets in Miami & Detroit