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A study investigates the effect of air conditioning systems on air temperature and electricity requirements. The study's findings: the release of waste heat (via AC systems) exacerbates the nocturnal urban heat island, thus increasin cooling demands.
34 min ago   Treehugger
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.
1 hour ago   Austin American-Statesman
Unlike the message of an annoying commercial, bigger may not be better in the real estate market. Residential developers in Washington D.C. have found that millennials like small studios, or micro-units, provided the spaces are well designed.
2 hours ago   The Washington Post
A pair of articles sounds separate warnings about what a future of autonomous vehicles will mean for law enforcement and fuel consumption. The warnings are far from the utopian ideal that many desire for the technology.
3 hours ago   Bloomberg
Extell Development Company made news last summer by proposing a luxury development with a separate entrance for below-market-rate units. Now that the project is full approved, New York councilmembers would like to expand anti-discrimination policies.
4 hours ago   Think Progress
In Chicago, speed cameras are proving effective at reducing speeds; in Philadelphia, a police commissioner is lobbying the state to allow the implementation of the cameras.
19 hours ago   Chi.Streetsblog
Victoria Dailey has some strong words for the palm tree in its various forms around Los Angeles in a long read for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
20 hours ago   Los Angeles Review of Books
Located between San Francisco and the East Bay, with harrowing on- and off-ramps for ingress and egress to the Bay Bridge, Treasure Island will soon add 8,000 homes, 500 hotel rooms, and 550,000 square feet of offices.
21 hours ago   SFGate
An article by Nour Aoude begins with the premise: "Leaving suburbs out of the biking conversation risks turning biking into a privilege of the few who can afford to live in dense, downtown neighbourhoods."
22 hours ago   Global Site Plans
A new report by Enterprise Community Partners provides a literature review of research about the effects of stable and affordable housing.
23 hours ago   HousingWire
An app that plots the most beautiful route across cities made news earlier this month, but one commenter worries about how taking the more scenic route could make it harder to improve quality of life in the "less-than-scenic" sections of cities.
Yesterday   TheCityFix