News

4 min ago
It's been less than a year since Volkswagen got caught installing software on cars to cheat emissions testing. Today the company settled out of court—paying the bulk of a $16 billion settlement to vehicle owners.
KPCC
1 hour ago
The study by the Paris-based International Energy Agency finds a direct connection to the energy industry. Credit goes to IEA executive director Fatih Birol for expanding the organization's mission beyond its traditional purpose, energy security.
The New York Times - Energy & Environment
2 hours ago
The 'Show Me State' nixed a 780-mile high voltage transmission line to carry wind energy generated in western Kansas through Missouri to Indiana, where it would transmitted to the East Coast.
Columbia Daily Tribune
3 hours ago
A bill already halfway through the California Legislature, with support from the governor, would spend $2 billion to build permanent housing for mentally ill homeless people.
Associated Press via SCPR
4 hours ago
There's no shortage of ambition from Silicon Valley startup accelerator and investment firm Y Combinator—which recently announced its intentions to build a prototype city.
Bloomberg
5 hours ago
Electric roads (no, not solar powered pavement) will get a test run in Sweden.
Green Car Congress
6 hours ago
A new report commemorates the 60th birthday of the interstate highway system with statistics (some politically motivated) that summarize the state of the nation's largest public works project.
USA Today
Feature
21 hours ago
Is Airbnb to blame for rising house prices? This article by Leigh Stewart from Tranio.com investigates how easy money from the collaborative economy could be making homes too expensive for tenants and genuine buyers.
Leigh Stewart
22 hours ago
We can now watch 6,000 years of urban settlements and movements unfold on our computer screens.
The Guardian
23 hours ago
A local writer argues that development is putting the unique character of Palm Springs in peril by taking advantage of the city's Planned Development Districts.
The Desert Sun
Blog post
Yesterday
Do you remember exactly when you wanted to become an urban planner? Neither do I.
Pete Sullivan
Yesterday
The New York State Pedestrian Safety Action Plan will invest $110 million to improve pedestrian safety in the state of New York.
The Lansing Star
Yesterday
The APA blog issues a call to action to promote park equity.
American Planning Association
Yesterday
In-depth coverage of the "New Landscape Declaration: Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future" event held recently in Philadelphia provides a thorough survey of the prevailing winds of a profession quickly growing in influence.
ASLA The Dirt
Yesterday
Local advocates have won a string of political victories against developers in New York City.
The New York Times
Yesterday
The headline presents a bit of a mind-bender, but scientists are racing to grapple with the consequences of human-induced climate change in the northern regions of the globe.
The Washington Post
Yesterday
A Chinese company has sent a dramatic signal about the evolution of New York, moving forward with a plan to convert most of the rooms in the famous Waldorf Astoria into condominiums.
Bloomberg
Blog post
Yesterday
Like train stations, Greyhound stations can be tolerable urban places- or they can be another example of suburban sprawl.
Michael Lewyn
Yesterday
More bad news for the beleaguered transit agency of our nation's capital, as declining ridership and prolonged service disruptions have now given way to large-scale layoffs throughout the organization.
The Washington Post
Yesterday
A pair of legislative proposals in the Pennsylvania State Legislature would open the door to private development in the state park system.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
2 days ago
This time, the scene of the anti-development ire is Santa Monica, where local advocates have qualified for the November ballot on initiative requiring a vote for any project building beyond the zoning code.
Santa Monica Next