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Redevelopment of vacant, abandoned, or underutilized land can bring new hope and more income to a neighborhood or city. Here we introduce the potential.
Viewing cross-sections of a town or metro area, proponents of transect theory want to see this concept replace traditional zoning.
Community development evaluation can energize your organization in new directions as you suddenly see your next challenge come into focus.
Learn how building setbacks create and reinforce the character of a neighborhood, whether residential or commercial. See our commercial district examples.
The Useful Community Development Plus newsletter archive contains back issues featuring original articles and resources for neighborhood and city leaders.
Discovering how to fundraise for a neighborhood association while having fun together and supporting your mission will keep your group strong.
Block units organize residents of a very small area into a simple structure to address problems or head them off. We tell you how.
School site selection should be integrated with community planning. Large schools in the wrong place add to traffic, poor parental involvement, and sprawl.
The charrette is a technique from architecture often used in planning. This page helps you succeed in design collaboration between professionals and residents.
For fresh winter newsletter ideas or prompts for your social media during colder months, this page provides some useful cues.
The theory of CPTED, also known as environmental crime prevention, emphasizes fighting crime by using design principles. We say where we agree or disagree.
Beach nourishment programs transfer sand from an offsite location to replenish an area torn apart by erosion or storm. This page helps you evaluate costs.
Causes of urban sprawl include an appetite for larger private houses and insensitivity to the consequences. Weak regional controls add to the problem.
Learn how to use conservation easements to preserve open space, slow climate change, and curb urban sprawl, water pollution, and species extinction.
Answers to visitor-submitted housing questions, whether oriented to rental or ownership, are provided in one convenient location.