A Berkeley, California resident sued the city to stop a 98-unit affordable housing development, claiming violations of CEQA, the state's density bonus law, and more. The Court of Appeals rejected the resident's claims, setting a precedent that might help unclog the city's NIMBYism on new development. Mark Rhoades, former Berkeley land use planning manager and developer on the project, explains why this case is important. Exclusive
Apr 4, 2011 By
For ninety days, Ben Brown lived out of a 308-square-foot cottage designed by Marianne Cusato. He discovered that you really needed to be connected to your community when living in tight quarters.
Jan 14, 2011 PlaceShakers
Amanda Thompson, planning director of Decatur, GA, suggests that it is a good thing there isn't such a thing as "designer malpractice" or planners would be sued for the horrible impact their work has had on the public health.
Nov 17, 2010 PlaceShakers
Land use lawyer Keith Sugar makes the case that while NIMBYs are often acting on behalf of their own parochial interests, they serve a beneficial role as a valuable corrective to the land use planning process. Exclusive
Nov 11, 2010 By
A Columbia professor finds an obscure 1856 document that created the legal precedents that allowed the United States to seize and hold islands, and it all ties back to bird poop.
Oct 4, 2010 CABINET
A new book argues that yes, the priorities of private property often trump those of democracy, community, free expression and life outside of the marketplace.
Mar 21, 2010 On The Commons
A survey shows that 2/3rds of Houston residents are ready for stricter land use regulations. This follows a number of high-profile clashes between neighborhoods and developers who want to build in them.
Oct 22, 2009 The Houston Chronicle
Michigan's one-year experiment in giving local mayors and township supervisors the option to appoint someone less than 18 years-of-age to a planning commission appears to be coming to an abrupt end.
Oct 17, 2009 Building Place Notebook
A new growth management law in Florida is both good news and bad news, says Jane Healy of the Orlando Sentinel.
Jun 9, 2009 Orlando Sentinel
On Friday, in the first week of my second semester of planning graduate school, we did the hokey-pokey. We put our right foot in, put our right foot out, put our right foot in, and then we shook it all about. We turned ourselves around. That was what it was all about.
Jan 18, 2009 By