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The definition of blight may be in the eye of the beholder, but it may also be subconscious. Broken windows, abandoned buildings, and weed-filled yards may actually create stress and degrade health, according to a small study out of Philadelphia.
11 hours ago   Fast Co.Exist
A new exhibit at MoMA celebrates the "fitfully idealistic" architecture of Latin America, 1955 through 1980. Broad in scope, the exhibition ranges from Brasília's bold utopianism to the community-focused tactics of Bo Bardi.
2 days ago   The Economist
The U.S. Department of Transportation has changed its rules in favor of local hiring: a pilot program will even encourage it. Minorities traditionally barred from high-paying construction work stand to benefit.
2 days ago   Next City
By a vote split (nearly) down the party line, the Oregon House passed a bill to end state restrictions on inclusionary zoning. Municipalities may soon be able to require below-market pricing.
2 days ago   Bike Portland
Better safety and multimodal ease are not the only benefits offered by complete streets. According to this report, on the average they pay for themselves and then some.
2 days ago   ASLA The Dirt
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is currently planning a significant realignment of 1-45, which runs downtown. The plan could remove an elevated portion of the highway known as Pierce Elevated.
2 days ago   Houston Public Media
Big questions remain about how Dallas will address preservation controversies in the future. Meanwhile the past hangs in the balance.
2 days ago   The Dallas Morning News
A suburban city in the East Bay Area will allow commuters to use a new app that links their smartphones to traffic lights.
2 days ago   San Jose Mercury News
The legislature passed the seven-cent increase on April 11, the final day of the legislative session. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed the bill on April 21, also increasing registration fees by $21. On April 1, the bill had been considered dead.
2 days ago   Northwest Public Radio
A survey finds that increasing numbers of Americans did not participate in any physical activities in the last year. At least one feature of the build environment—access to school gyms—is blamed.
2 days ago   The Wall Street Journal
There are still a few days left to celebrate National Park Week, which runs from April 18-26.
2 days ago   Los Angeles Times