Community / Economic Development

April 14, 2016, 10am PDT
A study by the Center for Urban Future reveals library hours in New York City to have improved a great deal in recent years—while still lagging behind state and national averages.
Center For An Urban Future
April 14, 2016, 9am PDT
As promised, Gov. Matt Bevin signed the P3 bill that allows private funding, but bans tolls, to pay for the $2.6 billion Brent Spence Bridge project over the Ohio River that connects Covington, Ky. to Cincinnati. Now he needs to find the funding.
Cincinnati Enquirer
Blog post
April 14, 2016, 5am PDT

As I do every year at the APA National Conference, I did my best to catch as many community engagement sessions as possible. Here are highlights, takeaways, and the common threads I noticed this year.

Dave Biggs
April 13, 2016, 12pm PDT
The city of Boston is working to ensure that a diverse collection of residents are benefitting from the fruits of the city's current building boom.
The Boston Globe
April 12, 2016, 8am PDT
A new study, released this week, reveals the connections between geography and life expectancy.
The New York Times
April 11, 2016, 10am PDT
The state of Wyoming made billions in tax revenues off the coal industry. But after waves of layoffs, those left in the state are asking: What's left of those revenues for workers?
WyoFile
April 9, 2016, 1pm PDT
A sure way to turn out the vote in Eagle, Colorado: hold an election asking for a new sales tax to fund a whitewater play park on the local river. Voters overwhelmingly supported the project.
The Denver Post
April 8, 2016, 10am PDT
Markus Pukonen is circumnavigating the planet without a motor to raise awareness for the global community and to create positive change.
Routes of Change
Feature
April 7, 2016, 2pm PDT
Chloe E. Taft explores the transition of Bethlehem, Pa., from Rust Belt company town to gambling mecca.
Josh Stephens
April 7, 2016, 6am PDT
Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne and leading New Urbanist planner Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk squared off in a debate about the future of Baltimore.
ASLA The Dirt
April 7, 2016, 5am PDT
An ambitious proposal to build seven new homeless shelters around the District of Columbia, with a price tag of $660 million, has been attacked on several fronts.
The Washington Post
April 5, 2016, 10am PDT
A new zoning law in Toronto could enable its hundreds of suburban tower developments to become vibrant and active communities.
Doggerel
April 5, 2016, 8am PDT
Places like Columbia Heights, an older suburb north of Minneapolis, lie at the focal point of conflict over development and gentrification. Can these places support a 21st-century urbanism?
Governing
Feature
April 4, 2016, 2pm PDT
A reply to skeptics about the democratic power and potential of civic crowdfunding platforms.
Katie Lorah
April 3, 2016, 1pm PDT
As excitement around the L.A. River revitalization heats up, neighbors of the once-neglected channel wonder who will benefit from the billion-dollar redevelopment.
The Nation
April 3, 2016, 11am PDT
According to critic James Russell, Long Island City has come to resemble the new metropolises of Asia. A frenetic jumble of old and new, the area's "dystopian" qualities aren't all bad.
James S. Russell
April 3, 2016, 9am PDT
The recent thaw in U.S. relations with Cuba, as well as President Obama's visit last month, have spurred conversations about Havana's future. Its public spaces are worn, but they're busy and well-designed.
Project For Public Spaces
April 2, 2016, 11am PDT
It's surprising to see places named with racially offensive words in 2016—no matter what your take on political correctness.
Crosscut
March 30, 2016, 2pm PDT
Seattle's beloved Pike Place offers a case study in how careful governance builds the foundation for flourishing places.
Brookings
March 30, 2016, 9am PDT
Seeking new approaches to a growing homelessness problem, Sacramento officials recently toured the "tent cities" of Seattle.
The Planning Report