News

5 hours ago
The placement of new bike lanes in the city of Johannesburg has become yet another symbol of inequality between rich-white and poor-black residents.
The Independent (UK)
7 hours ago
Enacted in 2015, Berlin's "Mietpreisbremse" ordinance limits rent increases on some (but not all) apartments. According to this study, results have not been ideal.
City Observatory
9 hours ago
The Southern California county has long been a pioneer in water management.
The Planning Report
11 hours ago
A novel initiative called Maryland SmartBuy aims to help those with student loan debt buy homes.
The Washington Post
13 hours ago
Maine planners are finding new ways to use aerial photos and drone technology to improve transportation and environmental planning.
Maine Association of Planners
Yesterday
The Federal Railroad Administration will soon update regulations regarding U.S. trains, this could have major impact on the industry and train travel.
Streetsblog
Yesterday
Services like Amazon Prime and other quick delivery online retailers are creating more demand for short trip delivery, the result is streets jammed with vans. Bikes may offer an alternative.
Quartz
Yesterday
The young prime minister's approval to almost triple the capacity of the Kinder Morgan pipeline comes as a surprise given Trudeau's concern for climate change. He approved another Alberta oil sands pipeline but rejected a third.
The New York Times
Yesterday
The Chicago City Council has authorized a billion dollars in funding for upgrades and maintenance for the city's Red, Purple, and Brown Line trains; the city hopes to get additional federal funds before Obama leaves office.
Chi.Streetsblog
Yesterday
Alaska is warming about twice as fast as the rest of the continental United States, and the state is heading for the warmest year on record. The government has identified at least 31 Alaska towns and cities at risk of destruction.
Alaska Dispatch News
Yesterday
"When you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."
KUOW
Yesterday
New data shows that the city of Los Angeles owns nearly 9,000 parcels throughout the region—and that it could be doing a lot more with them.
The Planning Report
Yesterday
BART won big on election night with the passage of Measure RR, a $3.5 billion infrastructure bond measure. But the San Francisco Chronicle observes that results from two other local ballot measures suggest a mixed message on the rapid transit system.
San Francisco Chronicle
Yesterday
A look at how Baldwin Park has matured after 15 years of development.
Modern Cities
Yesterday
Herwig Scherabon is a graphic designer featured this week in The Guardian.
The Guardian
2 days ago
Based on crowdsourced data from across the country, this updated map shows which municipalities have eliminated, lowered, or discussed their parking minimum laws.
Strong Towns
2 days ago
Developers and concerned residents tussle in Orange County, California, as a property meant to host an art museum moves toward redevelopment as high-rise luxury condos instead.
Newport Beach Indy
2 days ago
Currently owned by the state of Georgia, Atlanta's Pullman Yard may get a lot harder (but not impossible) to redevelop. Atlanta's Urban Design Commission is considering a proposal to grant protected status to the property.
Saporta Report
2 days ago
The companies' agreement with Governor Charlie Baker's administration requires a state-run check in addition to the usual check through an independent contractor. Fingerprinting, however, will not be required.
The Boston Globe
2 days ago
California is working on a plan to adapt infrastructure statewide to the future impacts of climate change.
The Planning Report
2 days ago
How much do we have to fear from the president-elect's policy plans for urban America? We can hope that he will follow his party's playbook and largely ignore the cities, but potential changes to housing policy are more serious.
Shelterforce/Rooflines