Density

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
February 17, 2016, 11am PST
According to the real estate website, urban home values are growing faster than those in the suburbs, bucking a longtime trend. This isn't exactly surprising, but it has serious social justice implications.
Puget Sound Business Journal
February 11, 2016, 11am PST
The Atlanta Studies website takes a deep dive into the history that produced the city of Atlanta as we know it today—and provides some suggestions on how to "correct some of its most atrocious attacks on the urban built environment."
Atlanta Studies
February 9, 2016, 1pm PST
Census data shows that Seattle jumped Baltimore to become the country's tenth most densely populated city. Is Seattle on the cusp of a changing of the guard when it comes to density and population growth?
The Seattle Times
January 21, 2016, 2pm PST
Logically we might assume that as cities grow larger, commutes get harder. It can certainly feel that way. But research points to structural factors that actually make commuting in big cities more efficient.
CityLab
January 9, 2016, 9am PST
Following the recent example of cities like Vancouver, Austin, and Berkeley, Oakland, CA recently made it much easier for residents to create secondary units, also known as accessory dwelling units.
East Bay Express
December 27, 2015, 9am PST
A study of CEQA litigation revealed widespread abuse that experts say undermines California's environmental sustainability goals.
The Planning Report
December 23, 2015, 9am PST
In a city of sprawling surface parking, increased density may help close a serious affordable housing gap as Anchorage, Alaska, seeks ways to make development more affordable.
Next City
November 23, 2015, 1pm PST
Accessory dwelling units, granny flats, mother-in-law units—whatever you call them, they're now legal in Austin.
Community Impact Newspaper
November 17, 2015, 12pm PST
Urban Kchoze presents a detailed, step-by-step analysis of the relationship between commercial density and residential density to find a better understanding of which matters more for promoting walkability.
Urban Kchoze