January 30, 2009, 10am PST
Less than a year ago, downtown Los Angeles was seen as a rising star, on a path towards becoming a vibrant and humming urban core. But the economic dive has stalled many projects, and they could be stalled for quite a while, according to this column.
January 24, 2009, 9am PST
San Francisco building codes encouraged the creation of privately-owned, publicly-accessible spaces across the downtown. These spaces have gone underused and are little understood. A new report from SPUR attempts to clear the fog.
December 3, 2008, 5am PST
The issues posed by homeless people in downtown Riverside, California, are not out of the ordinary. But they definitely do not help the city's efforts to revitalize downtown.
California Planning & Development Report
October 28, 2008, 2pm PDT
In one part of downtown Syracuse, motorists are now forced to park by backing into diagonal spaces.
August 24, 2008, 7am PDT
A new interest in urbanism and public transit is attracting businesses to downtown. One proponent says, 'I can't remember a time since the early 1980s that we had a bigger year for downtown Dallas.'
August 22, 2008, 10am PDT
Denver is in the spotlight as the Democrats roll into town, and while there might not be enough limousines for the crowds (see link below), Denver is looking good with lots of new investments in transit and real estate.
The Christian Science Monitor
August 4, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>City planners in Charleston, SC would like to see some local malls redeveloped as mini-downtowns, filling in their parking lots with buildings, but local developers think they're insane. 'This really horrifies me,' says one business person.</p>
The Post & Courier, Charleston, S.C.
August 1, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>As the downtown master plan of Baton Rouge turns ten years old, planners are looking at the next stages of development. They say eight factors play into making this and other downtowns successful.</p>
Baton Rouge Business Report
July 30, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Paul Shigley reflects on the impact of a Starbucks closing in downtown Redding, a small town in northern California.</p>
California Planning & Development Report
July 23, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Scottsdale, Arizona planners have released a new vision for their downtown, in a 'trend toward urban living'.</p>
July 7, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Former single-screen cinemas in New York City and Long Island are reopening as multi-use art centers and helping to stimulate the revitalization of dormant downtowns.</p>
July 3, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Downtown Phoenix prepares for a facelift with a new form-based code and downtown master plan.</p>
July 1, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>The article suggests that rising gas prices, enduring subprime mortgage crisis, and some changing demographics (i.e., the aging of Baby Boomers) are all contributing to the greater popularity of central city neighborhoods.</p>
June 17, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Baltimore considers following in the footsteps of Paris, San Francisco and Copenhagen by opening a "design center", a place for people to gather and debate the design of their city.</p>
June 13, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Vancouverites send a sculpture packing, stirring up a debate over the role of public art.</p>
June 11, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Planners in Vancouver are moving to curb booming residential growth to expand commercial development downtown. 'It's all good to walk and bike to work, but if you don't have offices for people to go to, that makes things rather difficult.'</p>
June 9, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>The Waco Chamber of Commerce is credited with inspiring a renaissance in downtown, developing their new headquarters on a former parking lot. They hope to receive LEED certification - the first U.S. chamber building to receive this designation.</p>
June 2, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>While mega-condo developments are enlivening districts in and around Miami's urban core, a long moribund downtown business district struggles to keep up. Many hope that small improvements will make a big difference in the area's quest for vitality.</p>
June 1, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Downtown Knoxville has seen many improvements in recent years. This column calls on the city to be careful how it lets private interests use downtown's new public spaces.</p>
May 20, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>After forty years in the statistical doldrums, what does Milwaukee make of a sudden, slight increase in population? Local expert and urban enthusiast Dave Steele reports.</p>