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How do we support developers who want to do something different? There’s an untapped army of developers just waiting to build connected and diverse neighborhoods.

Developers have a lot to gain by suburban retrofit, and many are jumping in at all scales—when they get support from municipalities. Ensuring that small builders and developers can participate is a challenge. Building codes—especially sprinkler requirements—can kill a small, infill mixed-use building. In order to create urbanism, the ground has to be prepared. Build a Better Burb shows examples and best practices for developments that provide homes for a range of incomes, financing to pay for walkable street network improvements, and ways to draw from local visioning and planning to create suburbs people are drawn to.

How a large-scale development helped a sprawling city

One development has expanded walkable development and inspired the planning of a bus rapid transit line.

Retrofit for the future

The American suburbs are the next fertile ground for architectural and urban experimentation.

Macy's reimagines empty lots

A struggling retailer sees opportunities to improve shopping experience by activating empty parking lots.

Using water to redefine a place

The Parkmerced Vision redevelopment plan will heal the site’s ecology.

Affordable housing divides

Twenty-one subsidized units has created controversy in Norton Commons, a walkable new town near Louisville.

Attracting millennials

Towns, sometimes miles apart, adopt starkly different strategies.

Beyond foreclosure: The future of suburban housing

Questioning the enduring allure of the detached house.