Winter is Coming: Blizzards in the Big City


Major cities like New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver, Detroit, Boston, and Washington D.C. are routinely hit with severe winter weather. If you’re living in a big city, it’s time to start thinking of how you’ll handle snowstorms this winter. For one thing, snowstorms require a good deal of preparation from both your city and you. … [Read more…]

The Greenest Cities in the U.S.


  If you’ve ever wondered which cities are the most environmentally friendly, you’re not alone. To answer that question, a list of the greenest cities was recently developed. The list ranks metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs*) with a population of over 1 million people based on these 5 factors: The number of LEED certified buildings per … [Read more…]

That cookie cutter feel

Cookie Cutter Houses

While there are plenty of economic and cultural arguments for dense, walkable neighborhoods connected by public transit, there’s also the aesthetic argument: Suburban streets are boring, cookie cutter shells of a community. This argument was among the first against suburban development. Before New Urbanists had fully articulated the myriad reasons dense cities are preferable to … [Read more…]

NoVa’s next step: Slowing traffic

To reduce auto dependence, traffic has to slow down.

It’s a great time to be a greater Washingtonian: Unlike many regions, local officials are taking smart growth seriously. The Silver Line is better connecting DC to its far-flung suburbs, and transit options are becoming more diverse. In much of the region, development is focusing on dense housing and mixed-use commercial space. Fairfax County has a … [Read more…]