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Retiring to Your Home

February 8, 2013: 

Judy and Michael Spock wanted to age in place in the home where they have lived for 25 years in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, but weren’t sure they could manage it. In their late 70s, they had health issues and were slowing down. Michael has had two heart attacks and a stroke. Judy has had a heart attack, two mini strokes and needs knee surgery.

Retrofitting the Suburbs: The Next Boom, or Last Decade’s Megatrend?

February 8, 2013: 

Prognosticating during a recession as long and deep as we have seen the last couple of years is a tricky business, indeed. Is this a pause in pre-existing trends that will resume once the down cycle ends? Or is it a reset that creates entirely new conditions, the period at the end of one sentence and the capital letter of the next?

Development Adapts: Water Scarcity and Urban Growth

February 8, 2013: 

Clean and reliable water supplies are fundamental to urban growth and prosperity. In the last decade, growth regions worldwide faced a growing strain as water supplies dwindled and demand for urban, energy, agricultural and environmental uses soared. Many American cities now face conditions of water scarcity — which will become more widespread with the onset of global climate change. 

A New Generation of Bikeways

February 8, 2013: 

City planners are increasingly installing separated bike paths as a way to accommodate smart, sustainable urban growth.


Bicycle lanes are getting an extreme makeover. No longer are new bike lanes painted strips hugging auto lanes. In a growing number of cities, bicycle lanes have achieved a status entirely independent from their car-lane kin through physical separation created by parked cars, curbs or other barriers.

Promoting the Active Living Benefits of Walkable Neighborhoods

February 8, 2013: 

Studies are showing smart growth leads to healthier lifestyles


Do you have to swim laps, lift weights or Zumba at the gym to be fit and healthy?

The answer to that question could lie in the neighborhood where you live.

The Car Sharing Trend

February 8, 2013: 

By Steve Wright 

Urban Dwellers Seek Inexpensive Alternative to the High Price of Vehicle Ownership