Land Use

After plans to create a transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly district in the Austin suburb of Leander fizzled due to the recession, the city has cut back minimum height and density requirements in the hopes of attracting more investment.
Yesterday   Austin American-Statesman
Convincing neighborhood stakeholders and local businesses that shutting down a street to cars is a good idea can be a herculean task. After nine years of work to do just that, a group of advocates in Philadelphia has lessons to share.
Jun 6, 2014   This Old City
Garden cities have been making news lately thanks to a new book by architect Robert A.M. Stern, but a design competition and policy declarations in the United Kingdom have put some serious skin in the game.
Jun 4, 2014   BBC News
The eventuality predicted since San Francisco's Prop. B qualified for the ballot has come to pass, with more than 59 percent of San Francisco voters approving the ordinance that will require votes on developments exceeding existing height limits.
Jun 4, 2014   SFGate
A Boston Globe editorial calls for the Massachusetts State Legislature to approve Bill H.4065 (An Act promoting the planning and development of sustainable communities).
Jun 3, 2014   Boston Globe
A recent ruling that favored local homeowners over a developer in Houston had some wondering whether Houston's days as a "development free-for-all" were over. Fear not, says Stephen J. Smith.
Jun 3, 2014   Next City
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced $800,000 in funding for 15 "Great Streets" to be located around the city.
Jun 3, 2014   Los Angeles Times
After postponing home purchases during the recession, people over the age of 55 have been the first group to return to the home buying market.
Jun 2, 2014   New York Times
Spring brings out the romance in cities. Here's a bit of inspiration from Quebéc City...and Buffalo.
Jun 2, 2014   PlaceShakers
The third annual rating of cities ranks the access, size, and spending of parks in the 60 largest cities in the country.
Jun 2, 2014   The Trust for Public Land
A busking advocate blogs about the benefits of street performances in public spaces and the need to revisit street performance licenses and requirements.
Jun 1, 2014   Project for Public Spaces blog