Infrastructure

December 17, 2011, 7am PST
About $20 million in all, the grants will go to improvements to the CTA and the city's first bikeshare program. This is just one of 46 projects nationwide getting funding this round from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Chicago Tribune
December 16, 2011, 9am PST
The NYC Bar Association Committee advocates making amendments to the city's the current Zoning Resolution to make the city more sustainable.
This Big City
December 16, 2011, 8am PST
International company IKEA, known for their low-cost design furniture, will develop a 26-acre complete London neighborhood.
The Pop-Up City
December 15, 2011, 11am PST
An organic system is rarely the sum of its parts. Nothing demonstrates this as clearly as sinking your teeth into a store-bought tomato, writes Ben Brown.
PlaceShakers
December 15, 2011, 8am PST
According to Miles Grant, "the streetcar is a relative bargain purely on the basis of direct cost per estimated user, not even including the external costs of sprawl and pollution that new and improved highways engender."
Greater Greater Washington
December 15, 2011, 7am PST
According to Tribune staff reporter Ameet Sachdev, "owners of the Chicago Cubs bought property across the street from Wrigley Field from McDonald's Corp. for $20 million, expanding their opportunities to redevelop areas around the stadium."
Chicago Tribune
December 15, 2011, 5am PST
In one Pennsylvania township and elsewhere, gas drilling companies are getting zoning concessions to drill on private property. The industry is standing its ground as communities voice their opposition.
The New York Times
December 14, 2011, 2pm PST
In California, a recent poll, according to Charles Chieppo, brought bad news stating that 53% of the states voters approved a $9.9 billion bond three years ago, but of those polled, 64% support a re-vote, and 59% would vote no if they had the chance.
Governing
December 14, 2011, 8am PST
Chuck Wolfe admires the creative thinking which has reinvented the dramatic setting between two Italian hill towns.
The Atlantic Cities
December 13, 2011, 12pm PST
In San Francisco, a performance parking pilot program has not had as big an impact as many thought it would. According to Michael Perkins, "Even with high rates, popular blocks still fill up, and other blocks remain under-filled even at low prices."
Greater Greater Washington
December 13, 2011, 6am PST
An LA based artist is about reopen a 100,000 square foot disused JC Penney as an arts complex in West Houston. The former West Oaks Mall anchor had been vacant for two years before becoming the focus of the new rehab concept.
Swamplot.com
December 12, 2011, 2pm PST
A vibrant neighborhood is rising on Manhattan's far west side, where the Stadium and complex would have been built as proposed by the New York's bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games.
The New York Times
December 12, 2011, 1pm PST
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is celebrating its 35th anniversary and is finding ways to ascertain exactly what the agency has brought to the region.
The Atlantic
December 12, 2011, 11am PST
The Los Angeles City Council last week approved an update to the Los Angeles River Implementation Overlay to encourage good quality river centric development and begin removing some of the concrete that covers the river and its banks.
Curbed
December 12, 2011, 10am PST
With pollution levels becoming dangerous in Rome, Italy, the government is taking a hard line on driving. In late November, only cars with even-numbered license plates were allowed to drive in the city, with odd plates the next.
TheCityFix.com
Feature
December 12, 2011, 9am PST
Transportation expert Norman Garrick reports on the amazingly effective transit system of Zurich, Switzerland. Garrick says the system is one of the factors that makes Zurich one of the most livable cities in the world.
Norman W. Garrick
December 12, 2011, 7am PST
They mayor of Troy, Mich. chooses ideology over investment, <em>The Atlantic's</em> says Eric Jaffe.
The Atlantic
December 11, 2011, 5am PST
As plans move forward for luxury apartments on the site of Greenwich Village's former St. Vincent's Hospital, the city is divided over whether to allow an oversized parking garage on-site. The Municipal Art Society particularly cries "fuzzy math."
Streetsblog New York
December 10, 2011, 9am PST
The Noguchi museum in New York has asked four artists to take a crack at city planning by offering a new way of interpreting the construction of urban fabric. Martha Schwendener evaluates the results.
The New York Times
December 9, 2011, 12pm PST
The Indian government is betting big with simultaneously building a massive high speed freight corridor between Delhi & Mumbai as well the physical infrastructure for 24 new cities that will become an industrial corridor.
Global Post