Infrastructure

April 28, 2011, 11am PDT
Planners in Victoria, British Columbia, are proposing a new light rail line for the city. Despite its $1 billion price tag, the transit line is expected to see wide support.
CBC
April 27, 2011, 1pm PDT
As a growing number of communities study freeway removal, what if the decision was no longer controversial? In Long Beach, California, two city-owned freeways carry less traffic than some neighborhood streets. Would anyone notice if they were gone?
Long Beach Post
April 26, 2011, 10am PDT
Smart growth proponents are fighting a New Jersey transit agency plan that would lease out dozens of parking facilities to private operators for 30 to 50 years.
New Urban Network
April 26, 2011, 8am PDT
An article in <em>City Journal</em> praises Governor Jerry Brown's efforts to defund California's redevelopment agencies at a time when the state faces a $26 billion deficit. The author writes that the agencies are wasteful and ineffective.
City Journal
April 26, 2011, 7am PDT
Writing for <em>Grist</em>, Elly Blue explains that part of the solution to the oil/energy crisis in the United States is to approach the issue as a transportation issue, not a geopolitical one. She especially advocates for increased bike use.
Grist
April 26, 2011, 5am PDT
The completed <em>Madrid Rio Project</em> will transform a highway into a large urban park, and is just part of the ambitious agenda of Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, an agenda that earned him the nickname "the pharaoh."
Sustainable Cities Collective
April 25, 2011, 1pm PDT
Researchers from the University of Washington trace the history and development of Hong Kong, the skyscraper capital of the world, from reclamation of waterfront land in the 1800's to contentious urban renewal projects today.
Metropolis Magazine
April 25, 2011, 9am PDT
Intercity bus travel is the fastest growing mode of travel for the third year in a row. This piece from <em>New Geography</em> looks at why.
New Geography
April 24, 2011, 11am PDT
Americans are getting older. But are cities responding to the needs of their older residents?
Governing
April 24, 2011, 9am PDT
This video from <em>Streetfilms</em> looks into parking and explores why underpriced parking can be bad for cities.
Streetfilms
April 24, 2011, 5am PDT
A new report on sidewalks and climate change in Seattle prompts a call to urban planners and municipal officials to take greater care in installing sidewalks in neighborhoods.
Crosscut
April 23, 2011, 11am PDT
A personal rapid transit proposal called "SkyTran" might be a smart choice for Detroit, according to this article.
The Detroit Free Press
April 23, 2011, 5am PDT
This video from <em>VBS</em> follows photographer Donald Weber into the exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, where he documents the aftermath of the evacuation.
VBS
April 22, 2011, 9am PDT
As water resources become increasingly important in the American West, new tactics for sharing among farmers, environmentalists and urban officials are showing how arid areas can withstand shortages.
High Country News
Blog post
April 19, 2011, 4pm PDT

Here in Canada, we're in the midst of a Federal election. It’s an election where if you’re interested in urban issues, you’re likely quite frustrated. 
 

Brent Toderian
April 19, 2011, 8am PDT
Leaders in Charleston County have reversed course on a $500 million highway expansion plan, following public outcry.
Streetsblog Capitol Hill
April 19, 2011, 6am PDT
Rick Scott's general counsel, Charles Trippe, admitted that he "misrepresented a central fact" to support the governor's rejection of federal funds for HSR. This fact could lead to a reopening of the case, according to The Infrastructurist.
The Infrastructurist
April 18, 2011, 2pm PDT
New pedestrian signs installed throughout London aim to encourage more people to walk by providing them with information on walking times and local attractions.
This Big City
April 16, 2011, 7am PDT
As funding falters in the private sector, some privately- or university-driven design centers are still pursuing new ideas is urban design and development. <em>Places</em> profiles one at the University of Arkansas.
Places
April 15, 2011, 1pm PDT
Urbanist Aurash Khawarzad writes that Chinese cities are unfortunately making America's mistake of bringing their freeways directly into and through their urban centers.
Patter Cities