Land Use

The liberal, affluent enclave of Santa Monica is infamous for its controversies over growth policy. A proposed Zoning Ordinance Update (ZOU), currently under consideration by the City Council, has struck a nerve.
18 hours ago   KPCC
The L.A. City Planning Commission president and architect, Bill Roschen, talks about how the commission is implementing clear and consistent policies toward their goal of "Doing Real Planning" in Los Angeles.
Oct 6, 2009   The Planning Report
Rio de Janeiro has been selected as the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics. This analysis from <em>NPR</em> looks at why the Brazilian city was the obvious choice.
Oct 5, 2009   NPR
Anthony Flint makes the case for the great need for tools that can connect urban planning strategies and climate change effects.
Oct 4, 2009   Citiwire.net
Strip malls are in virtually every American city, but they're rarely an important part of those cities. Ava Bromberg says they can be. Her idea is to turn strip malls into community-owned hubs that generate capital within their neighborhood and keep it there. Exclusive
Oct 1, 2009  By Nate Berg
In San Francisco, the mid-Market St. area has struggled for decades with blighted conditions. An area property owner thinks that digital billboards could solve the problem, and has put a proposition on the local ballot to get them built.
Oct 1, 2009   The San Francisco Chronicle
Different cities have different levels of greenhouse gas emissions. A new study looks at how they are different and why.
Sep 30, 2009   The Economist
A federal judge has allowed a citywide ban on new digital billboards and building-sized supergraphics to continue.
Sep 30, 2009   Los Angeles Times
Could smoke rising from a barbeque pit be considered a sign, and thus be controlled under sign regulations? Zoning officials in East Berlin, PA say yes.
Sep 29, 2009   The Evening Sun (Hanover
High hopes for city change are attached to Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Even if the city wins the bid this Friday, the impact is likely to be modest, according to <em>Chicago Tribune</em> architecture critic Blair Kamin.
Sep 29, 2009   Chicago Tribune
The World, the artificial islands being constructed off the coast of Dubai in the shape of a global map, has been officially canceled.
Sep 28, 2009   The Times