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.

Six Reasons for the Resurgence of Car-free Shopping Streets

With the return to traditional walkable places and new mixed-use suburban developments, car-free shopping streets have witnessed a resurgence, thanks to the following trends and benefits.

A day in the life of a millennial in the suburbs

A millennial moves out to the drive-only suburbs of traffic jams and franchise eateries and realizes that he made a mistake.

Seven characteristics of walkable neighborhoods

Ever wonder what actually goes into making a walkable neighborhood?

Ten reasons why postwar neighborhoods are key to better burbs

The postwar neighborhoods are in inner-ring suburbs that are closer to jobs and transit than are later suburbs.

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.