Land Use

What's keeping the historic parts of your city or town from staying up-to-date and well-loved? Usually, the laws.
Yesterday   PlaceShakers
That's according to the National Vacant Properties Campaign. But there is a glimmer of hope as cases of 'temporary urbanism' and 'pop-up stores' fill the void.
Feb 2, 2010   Governing Magazine
Pedestrians, street vendors, scooters and squatters all compete for space on the gridlocked sidewalks of Mumbai, where nearly 60% of the population travels by foot. Solution? 50 elevated walkways, or "skywalks."
Feb 2, 2010
With the Winter Olympics fast approaching, the editor of Vancouver Magazine takes a shot at capturing the big picture of the city that has become a model for planners everywhere.
Feb 2, 2010   The Walrus
Planetizen talks with Anne Lutz Fernandez, author of the new book <em>Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and Its Effect on Our Lives,</em> about how Americans feel about their cars, the Starbucks Effect, and the built environment. Exclusive
Feb 1, 2010  By Tim Halbur
This piece from <em>Next American City</em> looks at health in New York City, and why the city's new health commissioner is looking at elevators, escalators and other subtleties of the built environment.
Feb 1, 2010   Next American City
Despite the economic downturn, a new skyscraper is rising in Oklahoma City. A suite of street improvements are also one their way.
Feb 1, 2010   The New York Times
As a young kid, skirting aimlessly throughout my suburban municipality from one car-optimized shopping center to the next on my bicycle in search of stimulation (and perhaps trouble), I vividly recall - though I likely didn't describe it as - the internal conflict between interesting commercial destinations on the inside, and the banal, cruel approach to these places on the outside.  Although the primitive human desires of my psyche subconsciously longed for a central place to congregate with other lost children of the suburbs, I never had a downtown; I never had a community center.  In Blog Post
Jan 31, 2010   By Ian Sacs
<em>Worldchanging</em>'s Alex Steffen says the question of cities versus suburbs is the political conflict that will define the next decade.
Jan 31, 2010   Grist
Cityscape Farms has developed a new technique for farming fish along with vegetables in combined urban food systems that allows them to farm in developed areas.
Jan 29, 2010   Good
With a rapidly progressing bike infrastructure program, the city of Long Beach, California, is edging its way to becoming one of the country's most bike-friendly cities.
Jan 29, 2010   Los Angeles Times