Smart Growth

July 27, 2014, 9am PDT
A review of Art Share LA by Los Angeles County planner Clement Lau.
June 30, 2014, 1pm PDT
A big share of California's cap-and-trade proceeds will be distributed via the Strategic Growth Council. Will the council and its local grantees spend that money on planning or physical projects or both? Bill Fulton takes a look.
California Planning and Development Report
June 3, 2014, 11am PDT
Los Angeles County planner Clement Lau makes a case for increasing the number of fields and facilities dedicated to a sport that is growing in popularity – soccer.
May 27, 2014, 8am PDT
California Gov. Brown’s support of high speed rail contrasts sharply with his gutting of affordable housing. Michael Russell, real estate developer and advisor, reviews pending bills and potential fixes for affordable housing.
April 23, 2014, 7am PDT
Los Angeles County planner Clement Lau discusses what the Affordable Care Act means for hospital construction, design, and expansion.
Blog post
April 21, 2014, 4am PDT
New research indicates that smart growth helps residents become wealthier and healthier.
Todd Litman
April 17, 2014, 9am PDT
A self-identified conservative who supports the “broader vision of smart growth” has identified a reason why more conservatives don’t support smart growth: the political economy of sprawl.
Bacon's Rebellion
April 17, 2014, 6am PDT
Lynn Richards, formerly of the U.S. EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities, is set to become President of the Congress for the New Urbanism in July. In this interview, Richards says that forging new alliances will be a key goal for her.
Better! Cities & Towns
Blog post
April 14, 2014, 10am PDT
Critics argue that smart growth reduces housing affordability. Their criticisms are partly legitimate and largely wrong, based on incomplete and biased analysis.
Todd Litman
March 31, 2014, 10am PDT
Connecting competence to organized support is key to reversing the Sisyphean cycle of urban placemaking.
Better! Cities & Towns
March 2, 2014, 5am PST
Twenty years after the movie Speed, which took place on the Big Blue Bus, Metro rail system, and other transit facilities, Keanu Reeves and crew might not recognize L.A.'s current transit system. L.A. County planner Clement Lau surveys the changes.
February 27, 2014, 11am PST
Agenda 21, a nonbinding United Nations resolution signed in 1992 by 170 world leaders, was developed to encourage "sustainable development." Now it’s a political talking point that kills planning efforts all over the country.
Next City
Blog post
February 23, 2014, 6pm PST
Conservatives are becoming more visible within the smart growth movement; they differ in some ways both from liberal smart growth activists and from conventional conservatives.
Michael Lewyn
February 19, 2014, 2pm PST
San Diego County's "most walkable city" is being challenged to identify the real smart growth: what it has or what is being proposed. At issue: a plan amendment for a high density project near transit. But is the project real?
February 18, 2014, 1pm PST
During Tregoning's seven years at the helm of the Washington, D.C. Office of Planning, she pushed the city to adopt smart-growth policies touching all aspects of life--not just land use, but transportation, the economy, and more.
Elevation DC
Blog post
February 11, 2014, 3pm PST
The world is changing, and so must we. Do we wait for external influences to force change, or can we lead our organizations to do better?
Todd Litman
February 7, 2014, 8am PST
Harriet Tregoning recently announced the end of her seven-year tenure as planning director of Washington D.C. Called by some the “futurist-in-chief,” Tregoning will head to HUD, where she’ll head the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities.
Capital Business - The Washington Post
Blog post
February 6, 2014, 6am PST
New tools are becoming available to help people evaluate the quality of walking, cycling, public transit and automobile accessibility when making home location decisions. This information can help create more efficient and sustainable communities.
Todd Litman
January 29, 2014, 2pm PST
San Diego's downtown street grid features smaller blocks than almost all other major U.S. cities. Small blocks mean more intersections, less distance between them, and a lot of interrupted bipedaling. Bill Adams reviews some potential fixes.
January 11, 2014, 1pm PST
Housing construction hasn't kept up with Britain's robust population growth. The Economist floats several ideas for spurring development: relax permissions for developing greenfields, incentivize building on brownfields, and tax the value of land.
The Economist