How can governments leave behind the traditional model of the “bedroom suburb” in favor of more diverse, connected, mixed-use communities? 

Increasingly, leaders and planners in the suburbs realize that long-term financial success depends on a diverse mix of people, places, ages, and cultures. The majority of neighborhoods in some municipalities are automobile dependent, so leaders need a step-by-step process to retrofit drive-only landscapes for quality of life and the human-scale.

For many projects, the difference between success and failure is political leadership and a project champion. While there is no “one size fits all” strategy for managing this arena, there are common lessons that can be gleaned from some communities’ successes and failures.

Three keys to low-cost, high quality airport retrofits

Smaller cities and towns can take advantage of an airport retrofit program. Implementation may require more creativity if a large developer or rapid market growth isn’t present.

Ten reasons for a town square

Residents deserve much better solutions than vacant buildings or sprawling shopping centers. They also deserve a voice in its future.

Ten steps toward pedestrian-friendly suburbs

The process of rescaling suburban communities can be long and difficult, but there are a number of possible starting points—from visioning and planning, to making infrastructure investments, to building the first project.

Ten reasons to build community through urban design

There are two models for development of cities and towns. One, the neighborhood model, founded on thousands of years of trial and error, brings people together.

City Streetscapes Arrive in Suburbs

Suburban municipalities are using mixed-use planning and walkability.

Reimagining Suburbia

The Italian government is asking the world’s great architects to look beyond the city limits.

Game Changer for the Suburbs

In the 20th Century, Northwest Arkansas consisted of a few sleepy towns. Now it has half a million residents in disconnected subdivisions.