Land Use

Geoff Kees Thompson digs into one component of this old city's proposed mayoral platform for Philadelphia: the need to organize the city's alphabet soup of planning agencies under one director and give the Planning Commission teeth.
4 days ago   This Old City
The ambitious green Chinese city of Dongtan was hyped up to be one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world. But now, like other eco-city plans, work on the project has slowed to a halt.
Apr 9, 2009   Yale Environment 360
This video lecture calls on builders, architects and planners to work with the medical and scientific communities to better explore how the built environment affects public health.
Apr 8, 2009   National Building Museum
The Center for Urban Pedagogy wants to make city codes understandable to the people that are impacted. With that in mind, CUP tackled New York's regulations for street vendors.
Apr 8, 2009   The New York Times
Officials in San Antonio say they've closed a legal loophole that allowed developers to clear trees for ranching or farming.
Apr 8, 2009   San Antonio Express-News
GOOD Magazine illustrates what makes a street pedestrian-friendly, from bollards to bulb-outs.
Apr 8, 2009   GOOD Magazine
Posted today on CNN, optimistically under “SPECIAL REPORT – Detroit’s Downfall”, was a brief about GM and personal transport company Segway collaborating on a project called “Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility” (P.U.M.A.).  Along with some future-thinking gush about vehicle interconnectivity are eye candy photos of the traditional Seqway chassis redesigned as a side-by-side two-seater with a degree of weather protection and other accommodations to make the vehicle a tad more practical than the original stand-up version.  For those who find the Smart car a tad dumb on the bang:buck rati Opinion
Apr 7, 2009   By Ian Sacs
Officials in Fort Worth, Texas, are searching for ways to deal with buildings left vacant by businesses struggling during the recession. Other cities and the state of Texas are also addressing the issue.
Apr 7, 2009   Fort Worth Star Telegram
As planning director of Vancouver until 2006, Larry Beasley was instrumental in the creation of the downtown's new form. Since stepping down, he's been spreading the word across the globe of what makes Vancouverism work so well.
Apr 7, 2009   National Post
A panel of experts weighs in on what cities should do with their dying shopping malls.
Apr 7, 2009   The New York Times
A memorial to famed planner Daniel Burnham will be built on the lakefront in Chicago, and three finalists were recently chosen to design it. The designs haven't been made public yet, to the frustration of some locals.
Apr 6, 2009   Chicago Tribune