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.

Ten principles for making healthy places

Individuals are more likely to be active in a community designed around their needs.

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.