Fellow Travelers

There are many organizations and individuals involved in one way or another with creating quality places. Some are intimately involved in the New Urbanist -Traditional Urban Design movement, others in the art of place making, still others in community building and telling compelling stories about communities.

Below we have provided a catalogue of some of these organizations.  Please check back often as this list is ever-evolving and growing.


  • Better Block
    An open-sourced project organizing temporary tactic urbanism installations that serve as catalysts for change.
  • Center for Applied Transect Studies 
    This organization supports interdisciplinary research, publication, tools, and training for the design, coding, building and documentation of resilient transect-based communities. They also manage the Project for Lean Urbanism.
  • Congress of New Urbanism
    The leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions.
  • Houston Tomorrow
    A nonprofit founded in 1998 to improve the quality of life of all the people of the Houston region through research, education, and discussion.
  • National Main Street
    An organization providing preservation-based economic development tools that enable communities to leverage local assets to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts.
  • Smart Growth Network
    A forum of several non-profit and government organizations formed in response to increasing community concerns about the need for new ways to grow that boost the economy, protect the environment, and enhance community vitality.
  • The Front Porch Republic
    A politically diverse group of thinkers concerned with issues of scale, place, self-government, sustainability, limits, and variety and who understand the ways in which something so simple as a front porch can be a necessary but not sufficient condition for self-government.
  • The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community
    A London-based organization that understands where you live affects the way you live. They are dedicated to finding sustainable ways of developing the communities and the homes in which people live, work and play.
  • Street Films
    An educational organization producing short films showing how smart transportation design and policy can result in better places to live, work and play.
  • Strong Towns
    An organization with a mission to support a model for growth that allows America’s towns to become financially strong and resilient.
  • The Inner City Christian Federation
    Based in Grand Rapids, MI and one of the only affordable housing nonprofit corporations we know of that includes “beauty” among their core values.
  • The Story Shop
    A Madison County Indiana based company operating nationwide to build storytelling campaigns and creative content to develop strong and vibrant communities.
  • Transition Network
    Transition Network is a charitable organization whose role is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organize around the Transition model, creating initiatives that rebuild resilience and reduce CO2 emissions.
  • Transit Oriented Development
    A development approach designed to combat traffic congestion and protect the environment.
  • Walkable Liveable Communities Institute
    An organization whose mission is to inspire, teach, connect and support communities in their efforts to improve health and well-being through better built environments.
  • Walk Score
    Rank the walkability of the neighborhood where you live or where you are thinking about living. This group believes that walkable neighborhoods with access to public transit, better commutes, and proximity to the people and places you love are the key to a happier, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. As a matter of fact, so do we.

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