Followers of Vancouver city planning will remember that in 2008, as part of the approval of the EcoDensity Initiative, our Council approved what remains (we think) the highest green standard for private sector building design in North America. The 2008 policy requires that buildings that go through rezonings (representing most buildings built in Vancouver) must establish that their design, at approval, is capable of achieving LEED™ Silver. Blog Post
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This essay from <em>The Urbanophile</em> looks at the economics behind greenfield development.
Feb 5, 2010 The Urbanophile
The Brazilian government has approved a new hydroelectric dam in the Amazon. Many locals and environmentalists are fuming.
Feb 5, 2010 Guardian
In a new report looking at how cities in the American West can fight global warming, the authors conclude that the best strategy is to focus on economic and energy efficiency through smart growth.
Feb 4, 2010 Lincoln Institute of Land Policy blog
The City of Portland is considering its 2030 Bike Plan today. Some question whether the $613 million price tag is worthwhile.
Feb 4, 2010 The Oregonian
As a preventive measure to avoid future NIMBYism, an Air Force base in Arizona has effectively blocked the spread of residential development close to its borders.
Feb 4, 2010 The Arizona Republic
The <em>Guardian</em> asks prominent thinkers what sort of city London will be in 20 years.
Feb 4, 2010 Guardian
Allison Arieff takes a look at some of the ways GIS and other data-visualization technologies can help to address urban problems.
Feb 4, 2010 NYTimes: Opinionator Blog
Haiti's official seismologist predicted the earthquake, and says the capital is in a high-risk zone for future quakes. With funds coming in to rebuild, the decision is pressing.
Feb 3, 2010 Spiegel International
This post from <em>GOOD</em> looks at how a street can become a bicycle corridor.
Feb 3, 2010 Good