May 7, 2011, 1pm PDT
Does having more density in a city means more people to pay property taxes, and thus, less of a tax burden on residents? Sam Newberg and a colleague run the numbers.
May 5, 2011, 2pm PDT
Density -- either high or low or somewhere in the middle -- is a key defining element of our cities. In this essay, Witold Rybczynski looks at the relative densities of U.S. cities and suggests that things may start to change subtly.
May 1, 2011, 11am PDT
Builder Magazine thinks its time to give the mid-rise (4-6 stories) building its due.
April 22, 2011, 12pm PDT
Development, or no development? Nathan Norris writes that untouched landscapes always rate highly in comparison to development proposals, so it is important to use visual tools that can help quantify the tradeoff and find ways to compensate.
April 15, 2011, 2pm PDT
In Toronto, a developer is balking at the zoning that would force him to build a podium-style building out to the sidewalk, and wants to build a park with a tower instead. Can open space and density coexist?
The Trust for Public Land
April 15, 2011, 11am PDT
Kaid Benfield gets philosophical about the turn of the seasons, writing that it's "not just nature that renews itself", but the city floods with people that had been hiding inside through the inclement weather.
April 14, 2011, 1pm PDT
The demands of the housing market are shifting to smaller homes that are in denser locations and closer to jobs, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors.
April 10, 2011, 11am PDT
Vinayak Bharne proposes that density is often achieved using blunt enforcement of crude tools like "floor-space index", when density can be much more subtly accomplished than just shooting up a tower.
March 28, 2011, 9am PDT
It's urbanists vs. NIMBYs as San Francisco's Planning Commission prepares to vote on a new master plan that calls for more density and more affordable housing.
The San Francisco Chronicle
March 6, 2011, 9am PST
As cities in developing countries expand, is smart growth the right approach? The conclusions of a new report by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy may surprise you.
March 4, 2011, 7am PST
As some voices in Washington D.C. call for increasing the city's building height limit, <em>The Transport Politic</em> looks at what that might mean for transportation demands in the city.
March 2, 2011, 7am PST
Canada's suburbs don't have to be a problem, according to architect Drew Adams, who proposes a plan to densify them by developing unused space.
February 15, 2011, 9am PST
<em>The Tyee</em> presents a conversation between two Vancouver urban thinkers about the city's downtown and how some efforts to improve the city's core have worked while others have fallen short.
February 11, 2011, 9am PST
<em>Per Square Mile</em> recount the history of Cahokia, a Mississipian settlement that was the biggest city in America from about 1250 to 1800.
January 24, 2011, 8am PST
Was Jane Jacobs a NIMBY? Did she despise density? These sort of reevaluations of Jacobs' legacy are hot at the moment. Roberta Brandes Gratz explains why the naysayers are off base.
January 14, 2011, 5am PST
Urbanization is taking up a rapid pace in China. Though much of the planning going on is of the cookie-cutter variety, some say the Chinese need to pay more attention to growing their cities vertically.
January 9, 2011, 5am PST
Officials in St. Louis are looking to update the county's zoning codes to allow denser housing, and a greater mix of land uses.
December 27, 2010, 1pm PST
California's Governor-elect Jerry Brown will be living part-time in the first modern mixed use project in Sacramento. Jerry's new neighborhood has a WalkScore of 95 and is walkable to the Capitol building.
California Planning & Development Report
December 17, 2010, 7am PST
Looking at a battle earlier this year over a proposed 430-ft. high skyscraper in San Francisco, John Parman says the problem with dense buildings is that they need to work with the surrounding place types.
December 3, 2010, 11am PST
Vancouver's Cambie Street corridor is targeted for increased density by the city's planning department, with buildings up to 12 stories. A bed-and-breakfast owner who has run her business in the neighborhood since 1972 says enough is enough.