Some think President Obama legislates from the "big government" end of the political spectrum, but when it comes to land use, at least, he's getting advice that local real estate markets should be liberated from too much regulation.
Nov 23, 2015 The Wall Street Journal
"We're investing in walkability," always sounds like an encouraging tagline from local governments...or does it?
Nov 23, 2015 PlaceShakers
The energy costs of big houses on big lots overshadow the benefits of energy efficiency.
Nov 23, 2015 CityLab
"Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas" exemplifies the powers of maps to reshape and redefine our communities. Just watch how they can change expectations about the culture of the city infamously known as "Portlandia."
Nov 20, 2015 The Oregonian
Commercial marijuana operations to be restricted to industrial areas.
Nov 19, 2015 Alaska Dispatch
A group of activists calling themselves the Coalition to Preserve L.A. has announced initiations to seek a ballot initiative that would enact a moratorium on projects requiring changes to the city's General Plan.
Nov 19, 2015 Los Angeles Times
Bloggers, pundits, authors, and researchers, have made the case for conservatives to embrace the effects of smart growth. Yet still, a distinctly partisan divide flavors the debate about how to make room for a growing number of Americans.
Nov 18, 2015 The Urban Edge
When zoning codes separate uses, they require definitions about what constitutes each of those uses. The question in Hartford, Connecticut: Does a group of cohabiting adults fit the definition necessary to reside in a "single-family house"?
Nov 18, 2015 The Hartford Courant
Urban Kchoze presents a detailed, step-by-step analysis of the relationship between commercial density and residential density to find a better understanding of which matters more for promoting walkability.
Nov 17, 2015 Urban Kchoze
In advance of what may be a wider program, Philadelphia's alleys have been ranked for their aesthetic quality. Those in the "average" range are most suitable for retrofits.
Nov 17, 2015 The Architect's Newspaper