• Pasadena, California: In 1964 the State of California seized a large swath of Pasadena’s land, demolishing thousands of homes in order to extend the 710 Freeway north. A citizen-led movement stalled the project, however, leaving a freeway stub that interrupts the street grid and neighborhoods. The 710 Freeway Reclaim, a community-based initiative, proposes to rebuild the urban fabric destroyed over 50 years ago.

  • Fresno, California: This new plan addresses the long-term challenges of Fresno’s 7,200-acre core area, including the Fulton Corridor, the historic Fulton Mall and surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Los Angeles, California: Leveraging recent public investment in four new Gold Line stations, this new plan will enhance the public realm through a variety of innovative design, landscape, transportation, economic and preservation strategies.

  • Paso Robles, California: The Uptown/Town Centre Specific Plan provides a vision for a 1,000-acre, 245-block planning area, merging rich historic traditions with contemporary needs.

  • Freeport, New York: The Building a Better Freeport Vision Plan has become a regional and national model for revitalizing aging commercial corridors with transit-oriented development to establish economic vitality and community place-making.

  • Lancaster, California: The redesign of Lancaster Boulevard establishes a lively public realm with reconfigured streets, plazas, paseos and other public spaces, remedying the loss of the City’s traditional downtown character.

  • San Antonio, Texas: A form-based code with a detailed implementation strategy provides the framework for transforming an under-performing area immediately north of downtown San Antonio into a lively pedestrian-oriented district.

  • Cotati, California: The faded downtown of Cotati, a Sonoma County city with a rich local history, has been revitalized with a charrette-led specific plan and form-based code that articulates historically sensitive restoration and new development.

  • Pasadena, California: Fair Oaks Court is an affordable housing project that combines classic bungalow style with the typology of courtyard housing in one of Pasadena’s older pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods.

  • Ventura, California: The Ventura Downtown Code is one of the first Form-Based Zoning Codes in California—the result of an extensive and detailed analysis of downtown Ventura’s existing streets, blocks, buildings, public open spaces and landscape.

  • Pasadena, California: The Civic Center Master Plan provides a vision and program for revitalizing the heart of Pasadena with guidelines for open space, architecture, landscape, transit, traffic and parking improvements.

  • Los Angeles, California: This project addresses an historically important commercial center, the large and underused Sears & Roebuck warehouse and grounds, in the Boyle Heights neighborhood.

  • Yorba Linda, California: The Downtown Development Plan will guide the revitalization of Yorba Linda's traditional core with a multi-faceted program that addresses retail, housing and civic issues.

  • Tucson, Arizona: The Mercado District, an important component in the restoration of the historic core of Tucson, is a fourteen-block, seven-plaza plan that will include 800 dwellings and 500,000 square feet of commercial space.

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: The Alvarado Center plan repairs the damages that 1960s urban renewal brought to Albuquerque’s historic center, adding retail, housing and offices and guiding the reconstruction of the Alavardo Hotel and the Santa Fe Depot.

  • Bellflower, California: A dilapidated streetscape was revitalized by removing 1960s-era siding, which had hidden a beautiful art deco façade, and with improved signage, lighting and paint.

  • Los Angeles, California: The transformation of downtown Los Angeles into a highly connected, 24-hour, living-working city is being guided by the 30-year Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan.




  • Video about the Lancaster Blvd Transformation, shown at the 2012 Smart Growth Achievement Awards ceremony.

  • Los Angeles Times article about the Lancaster Bouelvard Transformation receiving the EPA's National Award for Smart Growth Achievement.

  • Greg Konar, AICP visits Lancaster Boulevard for the first time in seven years to enjoy the cafes and shopping and experience the "astonishing" transformation of Lancaster Boulevard, which is now "the hottest street in Antelope Valley."

  • Los Angeles Times interview with Stefanos Polyzoides, who reflects on his early years and education, the New Urbanism, pet peeves and current projects—plus living, loving, and working with his partner, Elizabeth Moule.

  • American Bungalow magazine profiles Fair Oaks Court, a "stunning 21st-century version of a bungalow court."

  • New Urban News reports about how our River North District Master Plan will revitalize an underutilized 377-acre precinct and extend San Antonio's beloved Riverwalk.

  • New Urban News article about the revitalization of Downtown Albuquerque, featuring Alvarado Center.

  • John Dutton's book explores how many American architects have reclaimed urban and suburban land development as an important, contemporary architectural issue. Included are critiques of Alvarado Center, Hueco New Town, Civano, Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan and Playa Vista.

  • Places article by Todd Bressi about Alvarado Center in Albuquerque.

  • A survey of Los Angeles' most provocative buildings and landmarks, with an architectural analysis of the entire period of the city's development. Includes contextual discussion of several Moule & Polyzoides projects: Pomona College Harwood-Lyon Court, Beverly Hills Golden Triangle Enhancement, Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan and Playa Vista.