Land Use

A proposal in Minneapolis would restrict the development of drive-throughs, in pedestrian-friendly parts of the city, as a safety measure for all non-car users of the street.
2 hours ago   Minneapolis Star Tribune
Inclusionary zoning and weakened urban growth boundaries are not effective tools for reducing the price of housing. Joe Cortright of City Observatory suggests ending parking requirements instead.
Feb 4, 2016   City Observatory
In an effort to bring relief to homeowners, the city will reduce property taxes on 95 percent of the city's residential properties.
Feb 4, 2016   The Detroit News
The Terraces, a mixed-use project in Charlottesville, Virginia, adopts a design that reflects its historic downtown surroundings. Oliver Kuttner, the developer, says that "breaking up" large buildings can make them more palatable on street level.
Feb 4, 2016   Market Urbanism
The soul of planning in Los Angeles will be up for vote in the citywide election that will occur on the same day as the U.S. presidential election.
Feb 3, 2016   California Planning & Development Report
Lakeview, located north of Lincoln Park and adjacent to Lake Michigan, leads the city by a wide margin in residential teardowns over the past five years. Local developers are selling new homes for four times the original price paid.
Feb 3, 2016   Crain's Chicago Business
With the national spotlight rightfully focused on the irreversible effects of lead in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan, another insidious threat remains: motor vehicle emissions affecting children's lungs.
Feb 1, 2016   EPA Connect
In an attempt to force out organized crime and bring in a better class of tourist, the local government has forced the closure of brothels in the city's famed Red Light District.
Feb 1, 2016   The Guardian
The critically lauded Plan El Paso hasn’t yet spurred the kind of urban revitalization it was designed to achieve. Some say its evidence that people still want sprawl, other say changes are still coming.
Jan 30, 2016   The Atlantic
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is using a new ad against GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, a billionaire real estate developer, based on his use of eminent domain against an elderly woman in Atlantic City. Trump strongly defended using the controversial tool.
Jan 29, 2016   Vanity Fair
A map-making effort by The Washington Post's Wonkblog puts the Western United States' population, or lack thereof, in perspective.
Jan 29, 2016   The Washington Post - Wonkblog