Land Use

Yet another climate change side effect: more frequent urban heat waves. And because urban temperatures tend higher than rural ones, cities should be ready to protect the most vulnerable.
8 hours ago   The Nature Conservancy - Cool Green Science
Parks officials in Austin, Texas are considering a plan that would allow cell phone companies to lease space within the city's parks where they could build cellular communication towers.
Dec 12, 2009   Austin American-Statesman
The display of yellow ribbons in remembrance of friends and family serving far away goes back hundreds of years. Dr. Gavin Finley has an interesting website on the history. The American Folklore Center at The Library of Congress has more intriguing history and also cites the 1949 John Wayne and Joanne Dru film, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. Blog Post
Dec 11, 2009   By Dwight Merriam
A recent event organized by Good Magazine, Sheridan/Hawkes Collaborative and The Public Studio brought together about 30 civic-minded designers, planners and architects to come up with some ways to improve the urban environment of Los Angeles. It was a big question to tackle in one afternoon, with a huge array of possible solutions. The crowd was split up into five separate groups and surprisingly, each came up with a similar answer: taco trucks. OK, not taco trucks specifically, but the essence of taco trucks and what they bring to the city. Blog Post
Dec 10, 2009   By Nate Berg
After decades of auto-dependence, the French city of Strasbourg turned its back to the car and built a citywide tram system and street grid that reclaims roads from auto-dominance.
Dec 9, 2009   Next American City
Planning commissioners in Cleveland are pushing forward a plan to revitalize the city's waterfront and port.
Dec 7, 2009   The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Planner Alex Aylett discusses the challenges municipalities face when trying to create a successful sustainability plan, and how to overcome them with a new toolkit that takes cues from New York City's PlaNYC.
Dec 6, 2009   WorldChanging
The new Citygarden park in downtown St. Louis is seen by some locals as a sign of hope for the future of the city.
Dec 6, 2009   Metropolis
The recession and fewer urban job prospects are driving young American families to try rural living.
Dec 5, 2009   The Wall Street Journal
High speed rail is slowly transitioning from idea to reality in California, and one of its major stops will be in Los Angeles. But exactly where in Los Angeles remains an unanswered question.
Dec 5, 2009   Los Angeles Times
I am prompted to report on this issue I came across in a news item last week. A Baptist minister in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, buried his 18-year-old son, who died three days after a car crash on July 12, in the backyard of the pastor's church. While state law doesn't prohibit this, some county and local ordinances do, and this county, Fayette County, only allows burials on large parcels zoned for agricultural use. The church has only five acres and is in a residential zone. Blog Post
Dec 4, 2009   By Dwight Merriam