Land Use

Touted as a solution to mindless suburban expansion, the vast green belts around U.K. cities create new challenges. Among them: less affordable housing, longer commutes, and dubious environmental benefits. What happens if these spaces get developed?
6 hours ago   The Guardian
<em>Miller-McCune</em> talks with vertical farming innovator Dickson Despommier about why his idea is the future of food for cities and how it can go from blueprint to reality.
May 21, 2009   Miller-McCune
One justification for municipal minimum parking requirements is the danger of "spillover parking": the fear that if Big Brother does not force businesses to build huge parking lots, that business's customers will "spill over" into neighboring businesses or residential Opinion
May 20, 2009   By Michael Lewyn
Residents in the greater Boise area are teaming up for a community visioning process they hope will help guide future physical and economic development in the region. It's been tried before, but organizers argue this time will be different.
May 19, 2009   The Idaho Statesman
<em>The Philadelphia Enquirer</em>'s Inga Saffron looks at the city's newest public plaza and finds much to like -- and much for other cities to learn from.
May 19, 2009   The Philadelphia Enquirer
A bill that would allow exurban development before adequate transportation infrastructure is in place has caused a stir in Florida, where environmental groups are lobbying the governor for a veto.
May 18, 2009   The Bradenton Herald
Rick Harrison argues that smart growth looks good on paper, but in application the density creates a whole host of problems.
May 17, 2009   New Geography
Las Vegas and Southern Nevada are chock-full of planned communities. The region is also struggling with some of the harshest declines in property values in the nation. Though planned communities are seeing some sales, they are mainly in trouble.
May 17, 2009   Las Vegas Sun
Fuled by casino cash, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is buying up sections of Scott County, Minnesota at a rate that has local planners spinning.
May 16, 2009   Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune
Water shortages and environmentally-based restrictions are leaving Central California's agricultural lands dry. As a result, farmers are increasingly tapping into groundwater sources. Many are calling on the state to monitor the use of its aquifers.
May 16, 2009   The New York Times
A private development of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, City Creek Center will be the largest mixed-use project in Salt Lake City.
May 15, 2009   The New York Times