Land Use

Fairly or unfairly, Des Moines has a solid reputation as one of the nation's least interesting cities. But unbeknownst to the rest of us, this quiet working town might become the Midwest's answer to Austin, Texas.
9 hours ago   Politico
Sometimes, city walks can mean more than just getting from place to place. Author and book critic David Ulin discusses his favorite accounts of that rich experience.
Jan 21, 2016   Barnes and Noble Review
The D.C. Zoning Commission last week approved a new zoning code for the nation's capital. The new code will go into effect in September.
Jan 21, 2016   WAMU
On the fringes of the built environment in Southern California, comes a turn of events much more common in the urban core: the California Environmental Quality Act has been invoked to put the brakes on a general plan update.
Jan 20, 2016   The Desert Sun
Any open streets benefits for a proposal to shut down Clark and Addison streets near Wrigley Field would have been secondary to security concerns—but it's all conjecture after the Mayor's Office nixed the idea.
Jan 19, 2016   Chicago Tribune
An op-ed by the mayor of Calgary, Canada celebrates the adoption of a new off-site levy that will change the financing formula for new development and the necessary infrastructure that comes with it.
Jan 19, 2016   Calgary Herald
A Dallas area writer finds parallels between the city’s planning processes and the New Years’ resolution practices of most human beings.
Jan 18, 2016   D Magazine
Since a zoning code change in 2010, the city of Denver has added 66 accessory dwelling units in a city of 650,000.
Jan 18, 2016   The Denver Post
Urban planning challenge: where to site a large tent for serving meals to the homeless in a revitalizing part of Philadelphia.
Jan 17, 2016   philly.com
Big things are expected from planners in Northern Virginia this year.
Jan 14, 2016   Greater Greater Washington
Proposed zoning changes would allow residents to build "as-of-right" in Staten Island's "natural" districts.
Jan 13, 2016   silive.com