Community / Economic Development

April 25, 2016, 6am PDT
The Box City event held in Denver recently educated children on the process of planning by letting them create their own version of a city.
The Denver Post
April 24, 2016, 1pm PDT
Aaron Renn identifies the negative effects of ongoing concentration of media professionals of the "writer" variety in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.
The Urbanophile
April 23, 2016, 7am PDT
The Alaska Legislature snubbed the Port of Anchorage due to a huge state budget shortfall. The port handles 90 percent of the state's freight and is a vital national security facility.
Alaska Public Media
April 23, 2016, 5am PDT
On Earth Day, NPR looked at the intersection of the Paris Climate Agreement, which Secretary of State John Kerry signed at the U.N. on Friday, and President Obama's Clean Power Plan which has been given a pause by the Supreme Court.
NPR
April 22, 2016, 11am PDT
A $1 billion funding allocation from the Treasury Department to the Hardest Hit Fund is the fifth since 2010.
CityLab
April 22, 2016, 8am PDT
A new report examines how high rents are shuttering businesses and stunting entrepreneurship, exploring six strategies used by cities to create an affordable built environment, where local businesses can thrive.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
April 21, 2016, 12pm PDT
An art installation called "The Back 9" is planned for Los Angeles' Skid Row to tackle the issues of gentrification, zoning, and back room deals for development rights.
CityLab
April 21, 2016, 11am PDT
A paradoxical encomium of sorts for the benefits of ugly buildings to the experience of cities.
The Star
April 21, 2016, 9am PDT
The St. Louis region now has its first community economic development system. Invest STL, as its called, will work to create "a pipeline of place-based, neighborhood-led development projects."
Next City
April 21, 2016, 7am PDT
The Safe Sleep Policy, enacted by the mayor in February without City Council approval, allows homeless people to sleep in tents in select public areas and on sidewalks. Now a coalition of business groups says the policy was an overreach of power.
The Oregonian
Blog post
April 20, 2016, 12pm PDT
In the middle of presidential primary season, the debate about the caucus vs. primary processes is hot with criticisms being leveled on both sides. What can planners learn about this debate to help improve community engagement for planning?
Dave Biggs
April 20, 2016, 10am PDT
Applying ideas of Lean Urbanism to the charrette process can establish an agreement about values and rules for planning in ways that make it renewable.
PlaceShakers
April 20, 2016, 6am PDT
Officials see chance to move residents out of flood zone, improving access to beach, and deliver affordable housing and infrastructure.
The Wall Street Journal
April 19, 2016, 6am PDT
The success stories about Detroit leave out big pieces of the puzzle, including some just outside of city limits. The Detroit News looks at the ongoing struggles of one of the forgotten neighborhoods in the suburb of South Warren.
The Detroit News
April 19, 2016, 5am PDT
The United States Housing and Urban Development agency is utilizing new ways to empower communities to become resilient ones. The agency's National Disaster Resilience Competition is one way they are helping cities around the U.S. achieve just that.
Doggerel
April 18, 2016, 12pm PDT
The border between Kansas and Missouri has long been the grounds for acts of "jobs piracy"—also known as offering larger and more lucrative tax and financial incentives to bring new business across state borders.
Kansas City Business Journal
April 16, 2016, 9am PDT
Colorado Department of Local Affairs releases "Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado," a guide and website to help Colorado agencies prepare for natural disasters and reduce risks through resilience and hazard mitigation.
Colorado DOLA Press Release
April 16, 2016, 5am PDT
Planning for active transportation is the new trend in urban development, according to the Urban Land Institute—and it pays off.
The Architects Newspaper
April 15, 2016, 10am PDT
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Here's hoping these winning ideas for cities are exported around the country.
Fast Co.Exist
April 14, 2016, 11am PDT
Zelda Bronstein makes plenty of points likely to inspire disagreement among planners in this argument calling for a better form of public engagement—one that's substantive and integral, not an afterthought.
48 hills