Government / Politics

Touted as a solution to mindless suburban expansion, the vast green belts around U.K. cities create new challenges. Among them: less affordable housing, longer commutes, and dubious environmental benefits. What happens if these spaces get developed?
10 hours ago   The Guardian
The City of Maywood, California has completely outsourced all of its civic services and turned local officials into contract workers. Though some worried the city would crumble, it's actually taken a turn for the better.
Jul 20, 2010   The New York Times
Citywide form-based codes are gaining in popularity, with Miami's recently implemented code and a new code in Denver. But some architects worry about if and how these new codes will impact their work and the look of their cities.
Jul 20, 2010   Architect
A new coalition in Syracuse, New York is making moves to help regenerate the city. Roberta Brandes Gratz offers this look at what the city is doing.
Jul 20, 2010   Citiwire
A decommissioned Naval base in Concord, California, may be falling into the hands of the city -- a prospect few thought possible.
Jul 20, 2010   San Jose Mercury News
Charlotte just won $25 million in grants from the federal government to combine with $12 million of local funds to build a streetcar system. Some say it's a waste of money. This editorial from <em>The Charlotte Observer</em> argues its case.
Jul 19, 2010   The Charlotte Observer
Hoboken, New Jersey has instituted a new car sharing service -- one run by a rental car company that pays the city for the right to operate.
Jul 19, 2010   The New York Times
The City Council of Zephyrhills, Florida is the latest public entity to come out against Amendment 4, a proposition that would require a public vote on any changes to local land use plans.
Jul 18, 2010   The St. Petersburg Times
"More cities in the developed world shrank than grew in the last three decades. More than 40 of those cities were in the United States, according to City Mayors, an urban affairs think tank," writes Gordon Young.
Jul 18, 2010   Slate Magazine
A $10 billion dollar spending spree will improve transit in Cordoba and Buenos Aires, but also between Argentina and neighboring Bolivia. "Funds come from the China Development Bank and will require a 15% match from the Argentinian government."
Jul 16, 2010   the transport politic
Sarasota County, Florida finds that one mixed use building generates 36 times the property taxes per acre as the region's largest high end mall. Mary Newsom reports that "evidence is piling up to show the benefits of compact, in-town development."
Jul 15, 2010   Citiwire