Density

Blog post
5 days ago
The most dense neighborhood in Manhattan is surprisingly low-key.
Michael Lewyn
July 2, 2016, 5am PDT
If Detroit needs to be "rebuilt" or "reimagined," why not do so around a walkable, convenient ideal? A compact Motor City where essential goods and services are available within a 20-minute walk?
Detroit Free Press
June 14, 2016, 10am PDT
A package of bills making their way through the New York State Legislature could usher in an era of new height in parts of New York City.
New York Magazine
May 22, 2016, 1pm PDT
It's hard to imagine a policy that so comprehensively acts to create disincentives for sprawl gaining political traction anywhere in the United States.
Toronto Star
May 9, 2016, 5am PDT
Urbanists, test your knowledge of urban economics. Familiar with the concept of agglomeration externality? Finance professor and Bloomberg View writer Noah Smith opines it's a major reason why American cities are not as productive as they should be.
Bloomberg View
May 8, 2016, 7am PDT
The Sightline Institute tackles what may be "our most acute urban public policy challenge."
Sightline Institute
April 25, 2016, 1pm PDT
The Charlotte Observer recently described the landscape of proposed apartment developments in the city of Charlotte.
The Charlotte Observer
April 21, 2016, 1pm PDT
Abbotsford is the fifth-largest city in British Columbia by population but the largest by land size. The city's most recent community plan is designed to accommodate new growth without sprawling any farther.
Vancouver Sun
April 10, 2016, 7am PDT
Granny flats, also known as mother-in-law units or accessory dwelling units, are a hot button item in most cities. A county court recently took the city of Los Angeles' finger off the button, so to speak.
KPCC
Blog post
April 4, 2016, 10am PDT
The housing shortages caused by restrictive zoning are easy to solve in principle—even if the solutions are politically impossible.
Michael Lewyn
April 3, 2016, 5am PDT
Alan Mallach unpacks a remarkable project currently underway in Toronto, suggesting that sometimes higher, rather than lower, density may be the best way to go.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
March 21, 2016, 6am PDT
Fed up with all the extra space parked cars occupy, residents of Munich have turned to affordable housing built over already-existing parking lots. The wood-frame structures will be prefabricated and assembled quickly.
CityLab
March 16, 2016, 12pm PDT
Seattle architect David Neiman writes about his city's attempt to find a new housing form that results in a denser city as appealing as the single family fabric that came before it, while managing all the cars.
Crosscut
March 16, 2016, 8am PDT
Writing for New Geography, Fannis Grammenos expresses skepticism that more compact cities are more affordable cities. In fact, Grammenos argues that just the opposite is true.
New Geography
March 15, 2016, 8am PDT
Witness the full force of anti-development animus in Southern California, where at least three cities are facing variety of backlash to the status quo of zoning and development processes.
KPCC
March 14, 2016, 1pm PDT
Writer Alex Marshall looks to Kitsilano, a Vancouver neighborhood, for urban infill done right. Skyscrapers and mid-rise developments aren't always necessary to achieve more people per square foot.
Governing
March 8, 2016, 8am PST
According to a new plan approved by the city of Mountain View, developers could now add a large amount of dense housing on the doorstep of Google's headquarters.
Vox
Blog post
March 7, 2016, 1pm PST
Misconceptions about New Urbanism persist.
Michael Lewyn
March 4, 2016, 10am PST
San Diego should look to its beach communities and its major intersections to achieve its housing and Climate Action Plan goals while minimizing community polarization, writes urban planning consultant Howard Blackson.
UrbDeZine
February 19, 2016, 1pm PST
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed an expansion of the city's Downtown Zoning District this week. The changes would allow taller buildings in a larger swath of the city.
Chicago Tribune