Community / Economic Development

Planners get involved with foreclosure by assisting residents threatened with foreclosure or addressing community impacts such as blight, vacancy, and property disinvestment. A look at vacant property fees as a tool for dealing with foreclosure.
2 hours ago   Maine Association of Planners
The economic downturn is hurting Dubai, as glitzy skyscraper projects come to a halt. But the biggest pain is being felt among the hundreds of thousands of migrant construction workers who came to the city seeking their fortunes.
May 7, 2009   The Christian Science Monitor
Community participation is on the rise, and many sociologists think it's related to the recession.
May 6, 2009   The Seattle Times
The recession digs into Dubai, where property prices fell 41% in the first three months of 2009.
May 6, 2009   BBC
Japan's four major highway operators will drastically lower their tolls, thanks to a generous government economic stimulus package aimed to encourage motoring during the major holidays. The operators are preparing for the enormous traffic jams.
May 5, 2009   Bloomberg.com
Cities struck by the foreclosure crisis are implementing a number of measures to help prevent foreclosures and stabilize neighborhoods already racked by vacancies.
May 5, 2009   The Planning Report
A documentary focusing on Portland's urban growth boundary begins airing this month on public television stations across the country. It includes interviews with proponents on all sides of the smart growth issue.
May 5, 2009   PR Web
In terms of global urban livability, American cities are not so hot. The highest ranking city, Honolulu, comes in at 29 in the results of the Worldwide Quality of Living Survey.
May 5, 2009   The Independent
City government is made up of many individual parts. Though they need to work together, they aren't typically very good at it -- especially in big cities. Exclusive
May 4, 2009  By Nate Berg
Introducing car sharing (ZipCar, Hertz Connect, etc,) to a development can significantly reduce parking demand and, hence, construction costs. Blog Post
May 3, 2009   By Ian Sacs
DOT and HUD announce a joint effort to merge land use and planning to improve livability. CNU's John Norquist comments on the merger.
May 2, 2009   New Urban News